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Ga. SAT scores rise 7 points, ending 5-year slide

ATLANTA — A report shows that the SAT college-entrance exam scores of Georgia high school seniors jumped seven points, even as the national average score dropped two points.

The College Board's 2012 SAT report released Monday puts the state's average score at 1,452, which still lags behind the national average of 1,498. This year's average score marked the end of a five-year slide in scores in the state.

The report shows that the state's rate of participation in the test increased by one percentage point to 81 percent, well above the national rate of 31 percent. That gives Georgia the seventh-highest participation rate nationwide.

The scoring gap between the state's black and white students was 270 points, down from 272 last year. Black and Hispanic students in Georgia outperformed those subgroups nationally.

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kevin 1 year, 6 months ago

"The scoring gap between the state's black and white students was 270 points, down from 272 last year. Black and Hispanic students in Georgia outperformed those subgroups nationally." Why do we still have to segregate folks by their race? Haven't we gotten beyond comparing folks against one another. Certain groups may always be behind others. This is normal. God made everyone different for a reason, so we aren't bored with everyone doing the same thing in life.

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kevin 1 year, 6 months ago

According to today's "letter to the editor" (10/6/12), we have a horrible system, and the college test scores tell the truth. Parents send their kids to public schools for pretty much one reason: cheap! Apparently you get what you pay for. It only costs us $3,500+ per student in Gwinnett County, based on student count & GPS's budget as compared to a private school. Parents also send their kids to a school that will teach their kids to read, write, to understand what they read, and math, the basics in a system. All those college test scores proved horrible for over 70% of the test takers. What a disgrace for Gwinnett. Who can we thank for these horrible results? Parents? Yes, somewhat. The Board of Education in Gwinnett, its leaders, principals, administrators, supervisors? An astounding YES! And you wonder why we are all going to vote YES for state controlled Charter schools? This is a shoe-in. The public school parents should be outraged by these college test scores and to demand a lot more accountability form teachers and leaders. How ignorant are the parents to not for vote this amendment in Nov? Parents must be pro-active to give your kids better choices or face the same results year after year. It is too bad that the really great teachers are not in control of the system.

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