Gwinnett's Highest SAT Scores Earned by Class of 1999
|Gwinnett County Public Schools’ class of 1999 scored above the state and national averages on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT I) and posted the school system’s highest mean score ever, according to results released today by Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks.|
Attached are 1998-99 scores that show Gwinnett students averaging a combined score of 1027, compared to the national average of 1016 and the state average of 969. This score represents an eight-point increase over the previous year’s system average of 1019. The eight-point increase is the result of a four-point increase on both the verbal and the mathematics sections of the test. Last year’s seniors increased the verbal mean from 503 to 507 and the mathematics score from 516 to 520.
Seventy-eight (78) percent of Gwinnett’s 1998-99 seniors took the SAT, compared to 63 percent in Georgia and 43 percent of seniors in the nation. In looking at the seven-year trend, the SAT performance of this class is 23 points higher than that of seniors six years ago, who posted an average score of 1004.
“This strong performance on the SAT is evidence of Gwinnett’s commitment to a strong curriculum and high expectations for all students,” said Mr. Wilbanks. He also believes the system’s accountability measures are a key factor. “We adopted a challenging curriculum-- our Academic Knowledge and Skills-- four years ago. Our accountability measures, including the standardized end-of-semester exams implemented in our high schools last year, are designed to ensure that curriculum is taught,” said Mr. Wilbanks.
Gwinnett’s AKS are correlated to the SAT, meaning the curriculum covers all content tested on the SAT. As a result, Gwinnett’s students can be expected to perform well on such assessments. Scores on the SAT also provide the school system with a comparison of student performance against national standards, an important tool for school improvement efforts.
The SAT I is one assessment administered by the College Board to aid colleges and universities in evaluating applicants. The SAT also is used by the Georgia Board of Regents as one factor in determining the Freshman Index, an equation Georgia colleges use to predict successful college performance and admissions.
GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
SAT I - RECENTERED SCORES