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Fulton beats Georgia, U.S. in SAT scores
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The Fulton County School System beat the Georgia average score on the College Board’s SAT by 115 points, tying with Cherokee for the No. 2 spot in the state behind Forsyth.

Although Fulton’s average dropped 13 points from 1580 to 1567, many schools reported increases from the previous year, including Banneker High School in College Park, which posted a 73-point gain.

 “The SAT is the ‘gold standard’ for accountability. It measures our performance against the nation and gives us a true snapshot of how our students are doing. Nationally and statewide, our students are excelling and outperforming their peers,” Superintendent Robert Avossa said in a statement. “Although our overall scores dipped this year, I’m not discouraged – far from it. Since 2010, Fulton has risen from being ranked 25th in the state to being ranked second in overall score. That’s remarkable achievement for our students and our schools.”

Results released Sept. 26 by the Georgia Department of Education showed students who took the college entrance exam scored an average of 1,452 out of a perfect 2,400.

It is the same as the 2012 average.

A two-point increase in reading was balanced out by a two-point drop in math scores while writing scores stayed flat.

The U.S. average score was 1,498, down from 2012’s 1,500

In a statement, State School Superintendent John Barge said even though the state’s 7 percent gain between 2011 and 2012 has eroded, there is room for optimism.

“While we didn’t see the same gains this year that we did in 2012, I am proud that our students held their ground on the SAT,” he said. “We expect to see even better scores in the coming years as students become more engaged in their high school classes under our Career Pathways/Clusters initiative.”

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