SAT scores speak well of students

First Posted: 8/25/2009

The College Board released the Scholastic Assessment Test results from the 2008-09 school year on Tuesday.
Students in the area who chose the take the test scored well compared to state and national averages.
The SAT is a three and one-half hour test that measures critical reading and mathematics reasoning skills which students have developed over time and skills they need to be successful academically. It also includes a third section to measure students writing abilities through multiple choice grammar and usage and a written essay. Each of the three sections are scored on a scale of 200 to 800.
The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors who are college-bound. It is offered several times each year with students able to use their highest scores on college applications.
Many colleges and universities use the SAT, along with class rank, high school grade-point average, extracurricular activities, personal essay and recommendations, to determine a students readiness for college-level work.
The Surry County School Systems SAT scores have shown steady growth over time with a 26-point increase in math, a 10-point increase in critical reading and a 14-point increase in writing from 2007 to 2009. All three subjects, however, are slightly lower than in 2008.
The overall critical reading score for the 2009 graduating class is 480, math is 527 and writing is 469. This creates a combined score of 1,476, a 50-point improvement from 2007.
Surry County Schools comes in above the state and national average in math, but falls below both averages in critical reading and writing.
East Surry High School scored an average of 1,476 in the three portions of the test with 524 in math, 475 in critical reading and 477 in writing.
North Surry High School scored an average of 1,433 in the three portions combined with 507 in math, 472 in critical reading and 454 in writing.
Surry Central High School scored an average of 1538 in the three portions of the test with 559 in math, 500 in critical reading and 479 in writing.
We are extremely pleased to see that our students continue to show scholastic achievement through their SAT scores, one of many achievement indicators. The gain over a two-year period is an indication of the hard work demonstrated by both students and teachers, said Dr. Ashley Hinson, superintendent of Surry County Schools. As we continue to prepare students for success in the 21st century, both students and teachers are commended for their state and national competitiveness.
Mount Airy High School showed a marked increase in the overall average score from 2008 to 2009. The overall score for 2009 is 1,524, a 31-point improvement over 2008 and an additional 15-point improvement over 2007. The math average for 2009 is 521, above both the state and national averages. The critical reading average is 507, also above both the state and national averages. The writing average is 496, above the state and national averages.
Mount Airy High School also saw an increase in the participation rate from 54.4 percent to 60.3 percent.
We are pleased with the increase in scores and number of students participating in the SAT. Mount Airy High School has an excellent faculty committed to preparing students for life after high school, said Dr. Darrin Hartness, superintendent of Mount Airy City Schools. This commitment is evidenced by their continued increase in the number of students proficient on state measured tests and the percentage of students who continue their education beyond high school.
We are very proud of our students accomplishments. These results are a direct reflection of the dedication of both our students and staff, said Sandy George, principal at Mount Airy High School. Our staff works extremely hard to prepare our students for life after graduation and our students take an active role in their education. Its encouraging to know that the efforts of our students and staff are producing positive results.
The North Carolina average score for reading in 2009 is 495 while the national average is 501. The state average score for math in 2009 is 511 while the national average is 515. The state average for writing in 2009 is 480 while the national average is 493.
Contact Morgan Wall at [email protected] or 719-1929.

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