Cherokee SAT scores are highest in state
by Megan Thornton
mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
September 27, 2012 02:07 AM | 2732 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — The Cherokee County School District ranks highest of any school system in the state on SAT scores for 2012, local school officials said Wednesday.

The announcement comes just a day after reporting that this year’s results were the highest SAT scores in Cherokee County School District history.

The ranking is based on the district’s analysis of the statewide data released Monday by the Georgia Department of Education and the College Board, as the state does not compare districts in its report.

“While internal analysis had shown the CCSD score, a 28-point increase from the 2011 average total, was the highest in the district’s history, a review of the scores across the state reveals CCSD to have the highest district-wide average as well, with a total score of 1587,” said district spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby. “The next closest district average for 2012 is 1580 (Fulton County).”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo congratulated students, parents, teachers and administrators for their efforts in making Cherokee No. 1 in the state.

“What is important about this distinction is that it shows our school district offers consistent academic quality throughout the county,” Petruzielo said. “Among our high schools, the difference from the highest to lowest SAT average this year is less than 50 points, which assures parents that no matter which high school their child attends, they are assured of having access to challenging coursework and academic rigor that will prepare them for the future.”

All five CCSD high schools ranked in the top eight percent of the 450 high schools in the state of Georgia.

Etowah High School topped the district’s list at 16th in the state, followed by Cherokee High School at 23, Creekview High School at 25, Woodstock High School at 32 and Sequoyah High School at 35.

As reported in Wednesday’s Tribune, all five schools had a total average increase over 2011 scores. River Ridge High School will have its first senior class graduate in 2013, so the school was not considered in this year’s totals.
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