Gwinnett high school students continue to perform well on national tests-- SAT I, ACT, and AP
|Students in Gwinnett County Public Schools continue to outpace their peers on two major college-admissions exams. GCPS released system scores today on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT I) and the American College Test Assessment (ACT). Results for the Class of 2001 show Gwinnett’s students scored above the state and national averages on both exams. In addition, Gwinnett students continue to turn in strong performances on Advanced Placement (AP) tests.
SAT I performance for 2001 matches system’s all-time high; Gwinnett scores top state by 47 points, national by 7 points
Gwinnett’s average composite score on the SAT is 1027, a combination of the average verbal score of 505 and the average mathematics score of 522. (Possible scores range from 200 to 800 on each section. The highest possible composite score is 1600.)
The state’s average composite score of 980 is 47 points below Gwinnett’s average. The national average is seven points behind Gwinnett at 1020.
For Gwinnett, this year’s composite average ties the system’s record high score of 1027. Locally, 79 percent of GCPS seniors took the test, compared to 63 percent in Georgia and 45 percent nationally.
This year’s SAT-takers tied last year’s highest-ever score in mathematics. Gwinnett’s average of 522 is 33 points above the state’s score and eight points above the national average. Gwinnett’s average verbal score has fluctuated slightly over recent years. For 2001 it went up one point, and is 14 points above the state’s average and one point below the national average.
Eight schools topped the national composite average in 2001. School-by-school scores reflect a mix of improvement, no change, and decline from 2000 to 2001. Individual school averages tend to fluctuate more than the system average because school scores can be greatly affected by the unique characteristics of each year’s test-takers.
Gwinnett County Public Schools
2000-01 SAT I Scores
ACT performance remains high
Historically, the SAT has been the primary college-admissions exam for Gwinnett students. However, many GCPS students are taking the ACT as well in order to provide a broader range of information for admissions personnel. Last spring, 1,130 students (20 percent of Gwinnett seniors) took the ACT.
Gwinnett’s Class of 2001 demonstrated high levels of performance on assessments that compare their academic achievement to others in the nation, earning a composite score of 21.5 out of a possible 36 on the ACT. That score compares favorably to the state average of 19.9 and the national average of 21.0.
In three of the four test areas-- English, Mathematics, and Science Reasoning-- Gwinnett students demonstrated a higher level of performance compared to test-takers the year before, resulting in an overall higher composite score.
Gwinnett ACT System Results
Gwinnett students excel on advanced placement (AP) tests
AP courses are college-level classes taught during the regular high school day. AP exams, given at the end of the course and graded by the College Board, are optional. Many colleges either award college credit for scores of 3 or higher or allow a student to be exempt from certain courses.
Gwinnett high schools saw a 22 percent increase in the number of AP tests taken in 2001. In 2000, students took 3,526 tests compared to the 4,301 tests taken in 2001. The greatest increases in the number of test-takers occurred in U.S. History and Statistics.
Almost 66 percent of Gwinnett’s AP test-takers scored a 3 or higher on the exams in 2001.