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South Carolina Releases District And School Level SAT Scores

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The South Carolina State Department of Education has released district and school level SAT scores.

Aiken County seniors scored higher than the state average on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for 2013, according to data released by the College Board today.  The district composite score of 1445 was seven points above the state average of 1436 for all students and 22 points above the state average of 1423 for public school students.  District students scored 489 in the critical reading, 492 in math, and 464 in writing. South Carolina public school seniors scored 479 on the critical reading portion, 484 in math, and 460 in writing, while the national average for public school seniors was 491 in critical reading, 503 in math, and 480 in writing.

Notable 2013 Aiken County SAT results include:

  • Silver Bluff High School (+43) increased their scores in all subject areas which in turn increased their composite scores.
  • Wagener-Salley High (+46) increased their scores in two subject areas which gave them a big increase over 2012 scores.
  • South Aiken High (74%), North Augusta High (74%) had a high percentage of their seniors taking the test.
  • Aiken County is ahead of the State in all subject areas.

Dr. Randy Stowe, Director of Administrative Services, states, "The SAT is used as an indicator of how prepared students are for the rigors of college course work.  Students who plan to attend college or university should take the test in the spring of their junior year and utilize their test results to plan their 12th-grade schedule, addressing any areas of weakness. At a minimum all college-bound seniors should be taking English and math courses."

In addition to the SAT, another commonly utilized college-entrance exam is the ACT. The recently released 2013 ACT scores showed Aiken County is among the top 11 districts in the state with a composite score of 21.4, improving over the 2012 district score and topping the state and nation. Aiken County Public Schools ACT scores bested the state and nation in all four areas: English, reading, math and science. Composite scores around the district increased at three high schools (Aiken, Ridge Spring-Monetta and Wagener-Salley) and decreased at the remaining four (South Aiken, North Augusta, Silver Bluff and Midland Valley).  Aiken High, with a 22.8 composite score, ranked among the top 20 ACT scoring high schools in the state.

Advanced Placement (AP) results indicate that the percentage of district students scoring 3 or higher on the exam has remained above 50% (51.6%). Aiken County had 864 students take 1498 AP exams.

"These recent results illustrate that our high school students are well-prepared for college, career or the work force," states Dr. Elizabeth Everitt, Aiken County Superintendent of Schools.

All standardized testing data for South Carolina, districts and school by school can be found on the State Department of Education website: www.ed.sc.gov. For information on local test scores, please contact Dr. Randy Stowe at rstowe@aiken.k12.sc.us or 803-641-2490.

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