1999-2000 SAT Scores Top State and National Averages
|Students in Gwinnett County Public Schools continue to outpace their peers on two major college-admissions exams-- the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT I) and the American College Testing exam (ACT). Results for the Class of 2000 show Gwinnett’s students scored above the state and national averages on both exams. Although scores change from year-to-year as different groups of students are tested, the fact that Gwinnett's system averages on the tests remain high indicates that the school system's efforts to continuously improve teaching and learning are making a difference in the classroom.|
SAT I Highlights: Performance Tops State by 52 Points, National By 7 Points
- Gwinnett’s average composite score on the SAT is 1026, a combination of the average verbal score of 504 and the mathematics score of 522.
- The state’s average composite score of 974 is 52 points below Gwinnett’s average. The national average is seven points behind Gwinnett at 1019.
- For Gwinnett, this year’s composite average is just one point below last year’s record high score of 1027, which was eight points above the previous year’s score. According to GCPS' Assessment Office, a one-point drop in the system average is considered statistically insignificant by Educational Testing Service, which administers the SAT.
- Locally, 72 percent of the seniors took the test, compared to 64 percent in Georgia and 44 percent nationally.
- This year’s SAT-takers posted the county’s highest-ever score in mathematics. The scale score of 522 was two points higher than last year and continues an eight-year improvement trend.
- Gwinnett’s average verbal score has fluctuated slightly over recent years. For 2000 it dipped three points, but remains 17 points above the state’s average.
ACT Highlights: Participation Jumps Almost 19 Percent; Performance Remains High
- While the SAT has been the primary college-admissions exam for Gwinnett students, more and more are encouraged to take the ACT as well in order to provide a broader range of information for admissions personnel. In 2000, the number of Gwinnett students taking the ACT increased 18.8 percent.
- Gwinnett’s Class of 2000 earned a composite score of 21.4 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.
- ACT scores in 2000 held steady in mathematics and dropped only slightly in English, reading, and science reasoning. The decrease of two-tenths of a point in the 2000 composite score is not unexpected considering the dramatic increase in the number of students taking the test, said Ms. Mitchell.
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