2007-09-05 / Front Page

State, local SAT scores slip

Georgia's 2007 high school seniors held their ground versus the nation on the SAT, but still finished 46th out of the 50 states.

"Georgia's high school seniors kept pace with the nation on the SAT last year," said State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox. "Of course, we won't be satisfied until Georgia is a leader in SAT performance."

The state's average SAT score was 1472 in 2007. Like the nation, Georgia saw a drop in its SAT scores. Georgia's score dropped five points from the previous year, while the nation fell seven points to 1,511.

Georgia's relative rank in the nation was 46th, the same as last year.

About 69 percent of Georgia's seniors took the SAT, the 13th highest participation rate in the nation. Over 59,500 Georgia seniors took the SAT, an increase of more than 2 percent from 2006. Georgia is one of 24 "high participation states" with more than 48 percent of its seniors taking the test in 2007.

Early County's SAT scores slipped eight points this year. In 2006 73 students taking the test averaged 1372. This year 69 students scored an average 1364.

More than 26 percent of Georgia's test-takers were African-American, the highest participation of any state. Over 15,550 African- American students took the SAT, up 6.6 percent from 2006. That represents more than one-tenth of all African-American SAT test takers nationwide.

"Not only are Georgia's minority students taking the SAT in record numbers, they are performing at or above the national average for their subgroup," Cox stated.

African-American students in Georgia scored 1286, just one point below the national average for African-American students.

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Southwest Georgia SAT results

County # students score # students score
2007 2006
69 1364
18 1256
111 1349
321 1363
29 1359
35 1394
33 1227
48 1280
31 1216
73 1372
7 1139
118 1385
332 1359
32 1325
50 1219
35 1162
43 1393
28 1216

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