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Union County Early College posts top SAT score among all high schools in UCPS

(The following is reprinted with permission from News 14 Carolina)
Although the state and national average SAT scores dropped in 2012, Union County Public Schools are seeing progress.

Union County Public Schools saw a spike in scores this year while also testing a higher number of students. In Union County, 71 percent of high school seniors took the SAT exam this year and school officials said their scores were promising.

"The exciting part, I think, is we were seeing ourselves go up while the state and the nation is going down. We certainly don't wish that for anybody but it tells us that what we're on the right track," said school system spokesperson Rob Jackson.

In 2011, Union County's average SAT score was 1518 out of a possible 2400. But this year, the system's average rose 11 points and beat the state and national average. Union County early college Principal, Jane Wade, said that is an accomplishment that deserves recognition.

"The staff, the faculty, the students, all of us, we celebrated," said Wade.
Out of 11 high schools in the district, Union County Early College topped the list with the highest average score. But Marvin Ridge High was a close second, coming in at 1103. Wade said the Union County school district is like a big family and she thinks support is what makes the difference.

"This is one of the only systems, I used to tell people, I can call my central office and ask to speak to somebody and actually get to talk to them. I can tell them who I am and they know. It was that way even when I was in the classroom," said Wade.

Jackson said Union County Public Schools is committed to continuous improvement among teachers and students. He said it seems to be working.

"I think that we have a long record of success based on our superintendent's laser-like focus on students. Everything we do is about our students and preparing them for the future," said Jackson.

But Jackson said while they're thrilled with this year's scores, they hope to keep climbing. The College Board, which administers the test, considers a total of 1550 an indicator of college success.

Written by: Elise Esasky, News 14 Carolina reporter
Posted: Oct 15, 2012 by Don Mace

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