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CCSD SAT Scores Increase, Top State and National Averages

CCSD SAT Scores Increase, Top State and National Averages

Cherokee County School District’s SAT scores increased and continue to top statewide and national results, according to results released today by the College Board.

The CCSD Class of 2023 earned an average total score of 1094 on the curriculum-based college entrance and placement exam, up three points overall from the previous school year.  CCSD outscored the national public school average by 91 points and the state by 49 points; while CCSD scores increased, both national and state averages dipped, by 25 and seven points.  The scores rank CCSD in the top 6% of school districts statewide, even with more participation: 56% of CCSD’s Class of 2023 took the test versus 50% statewide.

“Congratulations to the Class of 2023 on this impressive academic performance,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We believe our teachers are among the best in the nation, and these scores are evidence of their outstanding academic instruction and support of our students – thank you for your continued dedication.” 

The SAT, the most commonly recognized measure of achievement for high school students, measures critical reading and mathematics abilities.  It includes two 800-point sections: Evidence Based Reading & Writing (ERW) and Mathematics, with a possible total score of 1600; a third section, a writing exam, is optional. 

The CCSD Class of 2023 average ERW score is 559 -- 25 points higher than Georgia and 49 over U.S., and the Math is 535 -- 24 over Georgia and 42 over the U.S.  The top 3% of CCSD’s scores surpassed a 1400 average.  

CCSD’s six traditional high schools also each topped national and state averages on the SAT and scored within a 32-point span.  Their scores are: Cherokee HS, 1092, up from 1065; Creekview HS, 1102, up from 1099; Etowah HS, 1080, down from 1081; River Ridge HS, 1081, down from 1102; Sequoyah HS, 1112 – the highest in CCSD, and up from 1101; and Woodstock HS, 1098, up from 1093.  CCSD’s online high school, i-Grad Virtual Academy, was not included in the College Board’s report due to its size.

“I am extremely proud of Georgia's students as they continue to beat the national average on the SAT,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said.  “This is a testament to the hard work of students and teachers, along with the families who have invested in them.  It's also confirmation that Georgia is on the right track as we continue to heavily invest in academic recovery and address lost learning opportunities for every student in every school.”

While the majority of students take the SAT, some choose to take the ACT, a different college entrance exam, and some students take both; ACT scores will be released late this fall.