County SAT results highest in history
by Megan Thornton
mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
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CANTON — Cherokee County’s SAT scores for the class of 2012 are the highest in the district’s history.

The average SAT score for the school district among its five high schools with a senior class jumped 28 points to 1587 from 1559 points — out of a maximum of 2400 — for 2011-12 graduates, according to data released by the district Wednesday.

All Cherokee district high schools exceeded both the state average of 1452 and the national average of 1498, and every high school in the district saw improvement or remained constant in all three areas of the test: critical reading, mathematics and writing.

Additionally, every CCSD high school outperformed the state and nation in each individual subject.

The Cherokee school system reported 1,321 students, or 60 percent of the 2012 graduating class, took the SAT. That’s 50 more students taking the test compared to last year’s graduating class of 1,271 SAT takers.

Since 2006, when the test was reconfigured to include a writing section, the CCSD average has climbed 21 points from 1566 to 1587.

“The status quo in the Cherokee County School District is continuous improvement and outstanding academic achievement, and these stellar SAT results are clear evidence that we remain on the right track for ensuring every student reaches his or her potential in our schools and in higher education,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo said in the release.

Petruzielo said the scores are a testament to the diligence and dedication of district students, teachers and administrators, as well as the strong support from the Cherokee County Board of Education, parents and the entire community to reach the district’s goal of college and career readiness success for every student.

Both Cherokee and Woodstock high schools reported major leaps in average scores, with Woodstock reporting at 47-point jump to 1576 and Cherokee with a 38-point increase to 1597 over the previous year’s graduates.

Among the highest average total SAT scores were Etowah, 1615; Cherokee, 1597; and Creekview, 1593. The lowest scoring schools were Woodstock, 1576 and Sequoyah, 1570.

As a whole, the district performed the best in mathematics with an average score of 536, up from 527 for the class of 2011.

The highest average scores in the critical reading portion of the test were seen at Cherokee and Etowah, both with an average of 542. The lowest scores in that area were seen at Sequoyah and Woodstock, both reporting an average of 527.

Etowah also saw the highest average mathematics score at 547, with Sequoyah having an average of 530.

Creekview and Etowah tied for highest average score in the writing portion of the test at 526; while Sequoyah had the lowest at 513.

Woodstock had the most seniors take the test at 329, followed by Sequoyah at 303, Etowah at 284, Creekview at 244 and Cherokee at 161.

The only district high school not reporting SAT scores is River Ridge, which will not have its first senior class until May 2013.

The SAT, a curriculum-based college entrance and placement test, is the most commonly recognized measure of achievement for high school students and is designed to measure three testing areas, each worth 800 points for a total possible score of 2400. These three sections are aimed at testing the subject matter learned by high school students and are used by many colleges as a determining factor when making decisions on admissions.
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