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SAT scores outrank state, nation, while testing a higher percentage

While North Carolina and national SAT scores declined this year, Union County Public Schools’ average score rose, still managing to outpace seniors on a state and national level.

While North Carolina and national SAT scores declined this year, Union County Public Schools’ average score rose, still managing to outpace seniors on a state and national level.

The North Carolina average SAT score in 2011 was 1,475 but in 2012, it fell to 1,469. The national average score in 2011 was 1,500, while this past year it fell to 1,498.

Union County’s average SAT score in 2011 was 1,518, but this year it rose to 1,529 points. Union County seniors have widened the gap over their peers across the nation to 31 points and over their peers in the state by 60 points.

“We are very pleased that our SAT scores continue to improve,” said UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis. “That is a testament to the hard work of our students and teachers and our partnership with parents. Continuous improvement is a core value of our system. Seeing our students’ scores rise during a time of declining scores illustrates the commitment of our students and teachers to continuous improvement.”

The SAT consists of three sections: mathematics, critical reading and writing. The maximum score for each section is 800 points and the highest possible score on the test is 2,400 points. The College Board, which administers the test, considers a total of 1,550 an indicator of college success.

The average 2012 SAT math score among UCPS students was 529; reading 507; and writing 493, making a total average score of 1529. The national math score was 514; reading 496 ; writing 488 with a total average of 1498. On a state level, North Carolina showed an average of 506 on the math SAT scores; 491 on the reading and 472 on the writing, bringing a total average SAT score of 1469.

The College Board, which administers the test, considers a total of 1,550 an indicator of college success. As for participation (the percent of seniors who took the exam), in Union County, 71 percent of seniors took the exam, as compared to 68 percent throughout the state and 52 percent nationally.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Oct 03, 2012 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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