SAT scores drop 20 points in Fairfield County Schools | Schools
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The average SAT score for Farifield County students fell by 20 points from 2012 to 2013.
70 students out of a class of 169 took the SAT in 2013, which is 41% of the class, up from 62 who took the exam in 2012.
2013 mean scores:
- Critical Reading 400
- Math 409
- Writing 393
- Composite 1202
2012 mean scores:
- Critical Reading 409
- Math 418
- Writing 395
- Composite 1222
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Statewide, students improved their performance on college level Advanced Placement (AP) exams, and more students than ever before took the college-credit granting exams according to statistics released by the College Board. The state’s SAT scores, though improved, still lag behind the national average. The South Carolina Department of Education released the results Thursday.
The average SAT composite score for all South Carolina graduating seniors was 1436, up five points from 2012. The national average for all students held constant with a score of 1498. In South Carolina, the average critical reading score was 484, math was 487, and writing was 465; compared to the national average for all schools of 496, 514, and 488.
“Like the other college admission test ACT, the SAT is not a measure of school effectiveness. However, within the student population taking the SAT is another data point confirming a troubling trend: there is a wide reading gap between South Carolina and the nation,” said SC Education Superintendent Mick Zais.
“Addressing the reading gap in elementary school must be our top priority because reading is fundamental to everything else in a student’s education. If students cannot read, they will not succeed in school,” said Zais. “To accomplish this goal, we must transform education from a one-size-fits-all system to one that delivers a personalized and customized education to each student.”
The percentage of public school-only students receiving a score of 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams increased 9.6 percent during school year 2012-13. The percentage of all-students in South Carolina receiving at least a score of 3 increased by 8.7 percent. Participation rates among public school-only students increased 9.3 percent and among all-students by 9 percent. South Carolina exceeded the national growth rates of 6.1 percent for public school-only students and 6 percent for all-students.
“These courses offer students college-level rigor without the price tag of college tuition. By taking advantage of the opportunities AP exams present, students can cut future costs associated with continuing their education,” Zais said.
AP courses and the accompanying College Board exams that demonstrate mastery of the course material allow students to earn college credit while still in high school. The exams are graded on a scale of 1-5, with a score of 5 demonstrating the highest level of performance. Students can earn college credit at most institutions of higher education with scores of 3, 4, or 5.
The five most-taken AP exams in 2012-13 were English Language and Composition, United States History, English Literature and Composition, Human Geography, and Calculus AB.
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