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McIntosh leads SAT pack, Starr's Mill right behind

For Georgia the score is 1,453. For the United States the score is 1,509. But for Fayette County the number is 1,547. And that number represents the average score by local public high school students taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in 2010.

The SAT includes three sections: critical reading, mathematics and writing. Fayette students taking the test earlier this year outscored their state and national peers on all three sections.

Fayette students averaged 520 points in critical reading compared to a score of 488 by students across Georgia and a score of 511 nationally.

Fayette students scored 524 in the mathematics section, besting Georgia students averaging 490 points and students nationwide scoring 516.

And in writing, Fayette’s average score of 503 topped the state by 28 points and the nation by 11. Each of the three SAT sections carries a maximum high score of 800 points, for a possible high score of 2,400.

Students at McIntosh High School averaged a total of 1,624 points followed by Starr’s Mill High School at 1,617.

Fayette County High School students averaged 1,491 while Sandy Creek High School averaged 1,436. Whitewater High School students scored an average of 1,518 points.

Fayette County School System spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said 1,358 students took the 2010 SAT. That represents a 3 percent increase in test-takers over last year. Prior to 2010 the school system had seen a decline in the number of students taking the SAT in recent years.



To the students, their parents, the teachers and the administrators for their part in making this happen!

As parents, we know we have a great school system. This is just one more example of it.

Can any of you teachers/administrators out there explain what the gap in the Starrs Mill/McIntosh average and the national average mean?

The national average was 1,509.

Students at McIntosh High School averaged a total of 1,624 points followed by Starr’s Mill High School at 1,617.

What does thins mean in terms of the number of more correct answers at our top two schools versus the nation? Is it just a few, or many? I know that the inclusion of the writing section makes it more difficult to gauge, but someone must have at least some idea.

Curious to know.

The SAT consists of 170 questions broken down as follows:

Math = 44 multiple choice questions plus 10 student response = 54 questions

Critical Reading = 19 sentence completion+ 8 short passage reading+40 long passage reading = 67 total questions

Writing = 25 improving sentence questions + 18 identifying error questions + 6 improving paragrah questions = 49 total questions. Plus the essay which is scored to a high of 12.

There are a total of 170 questions on the SAT...within each of the 3 sections the questions are weighted on a scoring system of 200 to 600.

Total test - simplified unweighted is approximately 14 points per question with a 4 point penalty for every incorrect answer.

So, unweighted....the difference is 10 more correct answers out of 170 when compared to the national average.

That is a major increase....1624 is very good.

BUT, keep in mind that to get into a school like GA TECH the middle 50% range of accepted students score 1810 to 2100 on the SAT and for University of Georgia, the middle 50% range is 1700 to 1990.

Hope that helps

I know we are talking averages, here but 10 more correct answers does not sound like a lot, especially when looking at the scores needed to get into Georgia Tech and Georgia. That said, a base of 1624 when trying to get to the 2100 level looks a lot better than a starting point of 1509. Thanks for the breakdown!

Now, have you done any research on cell tower setbacks and the impact of mobile communication radiation exposure on kids in parks and SAT scores? If I have my kids hang out in parks with several cell phone towers, will their SAT scores improve? I would think that their brains would absorb at least some of that data flying around out there. Also, they could do the test more quickly using that third arm.

See! Blogging on the Citizen is much more fun than serving on local committees!

Not necessarily joined at the hip. Son graduated from Fayette County High and has 2 Degrees: BS-Geology, BS-Engineering; attended GA Southern 2 yrs and then U. of WYO for all others.
Daughter graduated from McIntosh (no, didn't move, just got permission for her to attend, provided we be responsible for transportation. Attended Cambridge University (UK), Flagler College, & Fashion Institute of Technology (NYC). Has AA in Fashion Design & Marketing (FIT) & BA in Communications (Flagler (all in 3 1/2 yrs).
And yeah, I WILL beat the drum from time to time! Proud Daddys will do that!
ps: Forgot--Daughter also did one summer school course at UGA

The percentage of Fayette County students that actually sit for the test. That number is very high, especially compared to the national average. I don't have the numbers, but I would bet that it is more than 80% of all students attending HS in Fayette.

12-1500 is where most scores fall on the SAT, You get 600 for taking the test.

Every year there are many, or at least some, who score perfectly, 2400.

If one considers 2400 an "A" then what is 1500?

Is it 65%?

That was a D-, or an F when I went to school.

The question is, what is a reasonable score to expect from students if we taught perfectly and students who took the test had an average intelligence?

I have never understood just how those who do not take the test are chosen!

Are some of these worst schools even worse than the scores indicate for that reason?

I still say we should sort by some means at some grade for those worth graduating or allowing to drop out, and those who should go to trade school!

Thousands of ball-players with 800ish scores are schooled every year!

Robert W. Morgan's picture

It used to be that 1600 was perfect and if you scored above 1200, you would get into any college. Now 1200 is a 50 and we are bragging about it. What happened, when did all this change? Why? Is this part of dumbing down the schools so we are "fair" to everyone?

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NUK_1's picture

Several years ago they added a writing section(one hour essay portion) to the SAT, hence the change in the scoring system. If anything, this seems to have been intended to make it more challenging and also more indicative of what the student knows and their ability to do more than just multiple choice questions which lead over the years to heavy emphasis on test-taking strategies(guess or not guess?) more than was intended. Good move, IMO.

By not keeping up with the times.

Nuk explained it perfectly below.

Don't feel bad, I had to check up on this a few years ago when they changed it. Made my old score look bad. :)

About 5 years ago they added a writing composition portion worth another 800 points.

NUK_1's picture

Scoring under the national average is not good and really stands out when McIntosh and Starr's Mill are well above it. I can see where Fayette would have some troubles because they are drawing their students from areas that are in some cases in decline, but Sandy Creek?

[quote=NUK_1]Scoring under the national average is not good and really stands out when McIntosh and Starr's Mill are well above it. I can see where Fayette would have some troubles because they are drawing their students from areas that are in some cases in decline, but Sandy Creek?[/quote]

It is interesting that Starrs Mill and McIntosh outpaced Fayette and Sandy Creek by so much. What would really be interesting is to know what the numbers were BY SCHOOL that took the SAT(a smaller number tested would have the overall average affected more by a few low scores), their demographic breakdown and how many AP curriculum students took the tests.

Keep in mind that SAT scores are a poor tool to judge a school's or a student's overall academic success. Many students, for whatever reason, score poorly on standardized tests yet are excellent performers in the classroom.

Don't lose sight of the fact that Overall we still outpaced the national Average.

suggarfoot's picture

2 schools did good, the others are falling behind. Why I think what we need is Smola and Smith up there bragging that another new school or two is all we need and their gonna build it come hell or high water!

It just goes to show the money is better spent on the teachers and pupils than on brick and mortar.

(Something Dr Todd and Marion Key knew all along!)


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