According to the DeKalb County School District, four high schools in Stone Mountain and Lithonia made strides on the 2012 Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), and several seniors at one school achieved the biggest overall improvement.
DeKalb Early College Academy in Stone Mountain was among five schools in the district to exceed the national and state combined average for critical reading, math and writing on the SAT, DeKalb Schools said in a release about the 2012 SAT scores.
Three local high schools -- Redan and Stone Mountain, Miller Grove in Lithonia -- were among those that nearly doubled the state’s gains, according to the DeKalb school district.
DCSD said the biggest overall improvement was a 112-point combined gain by 20 Elizabeth Andrews High School seniors.
The school system said its seniors earned an average combined score of 1343 for critical reading, writing and mathematics on the recent College Board annual SAT report.
In a statement DCSD superintendent Cheryl Atkinson said: “These gains are impressive and shows how we can accomplish more if keep our focus on educating children and implementing a new curriculum. With a priority focus on student achievement and parents, educators and civic leaders working together, we can consistently achieve these results.”
Overall, the school system said its 9-point gain in SAT scores in 2012 was almost double the statewide average. The district said African American and Hispanic students did strongly in mathematics and writing on the test.
According to an article in the AJC, the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology had the state's highest three-section score: 1941 out of a possible 2400 points.
Here’s a look at how high schools in Stone Mountain and Lithonia performed on the SAT, according to the College Board’s summary by high school of the 2012 SAT (attached):
DeKalb Early College Academy
Test takers: 25
Critical reading mean: 496
Math mean: 494
Writing mean: 490
Three section mean score: 1,480
Elizabeth Andrews High School
Test takers: 20
Critical reading mean: 436
Math mean: 414
Writing mean: 415
Three section mean score: 1,265
Stone Mountain High School
Test takers: 170
Critical reading mean: 409
Math mean: 403
Writing mean: 396
Three section mean score: 1,208
Test takers: 168
Critical reading mean: 403
Math mean: 402
Writing mean: 395
Three section mean score: 1,200
Martin Luther King Junior High School
Test takers: 251
Critical reading mean: 407
Math mean: 400
Writing mean: 391
Three section mean score: 1,198
Miller Grove High School
Test takers: 208
Critical reading mean: 414
Math mean: 416
Writing mean: 404
Three section mean score: 1,234
Stephenson High School
Test takers: 277
Critical reading mean: 422
Math mean: 420
Writing mean: 405
Three section mean score: 1,247
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