GCPS students top statewide and national SAT score averages

GCPS scored higher than the state and national average on the SAT during the 2017-18 school year. (File Photo)

Gwinnett County Public Schools aced the SAT exam according to data released by the Georgia Department of Education and The College Board Thursday.

The results, based on tests taken during the 2017-18 school year, show Gwinnett County had a mean combined score of 1102 on a 1600 point scale. The district’s results are higher than the state of Georgia mean score of 1054 and national average of 1049.

The SAT is broken down into two sections —Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Mathematics — which are scored on a scale from 200 to 800. The test prioritizes content that reflects the type of reading and math students will encounter in college and their future work lives.

“Gwinnett County Public Schools’ mission is to prepare students to be successful in college and careers,” Gwinnett County Public Schools CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said. “The fact that our students continue to outperform their peers in Georgia and the nation on the SAT indicates that, consistent with that mission, excellent teaching and learning is occurring in our classrooms. As a result, our students fare well on an important component of the college admissions process.”

According to the district, 8,891 students participated in this past year’s test, a 12 percent increase from 2017.

Fifteen GCPS schools— Brookwood, Dacula, Discovery, Duluth, Grayson, Gwinnett Online Campus, GSMST, Lanier, Meadowcreek, Mill Creek, Mountain View, Norcross, North Gwinnett, Parkview and Peachtree Ridge — showed increases from last year with scores for seven high schools increasing by 20 or more points.

The mean score for each GCPS score on a scale of 1600 is listed below:

• Archer - 1077

• Berkmar - 1018

• Brookwood - 1154

• Central Gwinnett - 1014

• Collins Hill - 1107

• Dacula - 1097

• Discovery - 1008

• Duluth - 1118

• Grayson - 1088

• Gwinnett Online Campus - 1156

• GSMST - 1364

• Lanier - 1093

• Meadowcreek - 983

• Mill Creek - 1148

• Mountain View - 1118

• North Gwinnett - 1200

• Norcross - 1086

• Parkview - 1150

• Peachtree Ridge - 1126

• Shiloh - 1009

• South Gwinnett - 995

GIVE East and West did not have data reported

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