Gwinnett’s 2005 SAT test-takers achieve highest-ever score, continuing five-year trend of increasing scores









Gwinnett’s 2005 SAT test-takers achieve highest-ever score, continuing five-year trend of increasing scores

Gwinnett test-takers set records on the verbal and math sections of the 2005 SAT Reasoning Test resulting in the county’s highest-ever total score. Released results from the 2005 SAT college admissions exam show Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) students continue to outpace their peers on both the state and national levels.

CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks states that Gwinnett County Public Schools’ focus on teaching and learning is making a difference for students. “This year’s SAT results provide evidence of improvement against local and national standards. Although each class of test-takers varies, Gwinnett’s SAT scores have continued an upward trend. We are making strides in closing the achievement gap among different groups of students, and we are committed to ensuring all students receive a quality and effective education that prepares them for life after high school.”

SAT Highlights:
— Gwinnett’s average composite score on the SAT is 1043, a combination of the average verbal score of 513 and the average mathematics score of 530. (Possible scores range from 200 to 800 on each section. The highest possible composite score is 1600. These scores reflect the results of students who took the SAT prior to its new format change. The 2006 SAT report will reflect results on the new SAT, including the writing section.)
— Gwinnett’s average is 15 points above the national average of 1028, and 50 points above the Georgia average of 993.
This year’s composite average of 1043 sets a record high for GCPS.
Gwinnett’s SAT-takers set the system’s highest-ever score in mathematics. The county average of 530 is 34 points above the state’s average score and 10 points above the national average.
Gwinnett’s average verbal score of 513 is the system’s highest-ever. This is 16 points above the state’s average and five points above the national average.
A higher percentage of students take the SAT in Gwinnett than in the state or nation. In 2004-05, 88 percent of GCPS seniors took the test, compared to 75 percent statewide and 49 percent nationally.

Individual school results, system results, and a chart reflecting five-year trends are attached. Individual school averages can be greatly affected by the unique characteristics of each year’s test-takers.