McDONOUGH — Results of the 2019 SAT released this week by the College Board showed a 7-point decrease in Henry County students’ mean score.

The College Board helps prepare students for transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success, which includes the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test).

The exam’s highest attainable score is 1,600. Students can earn a high score of 800 in each category tested — math and evidence-based reading and writing (ERW).

Henry County Schools’ overall mean score this year is 1,003 with a total of 1,543 students testing. The score is down 7 points compared to the 2018 mean score of 1,010 with a total of 1,555 students test.

Students earned a score of 516, down 3 points over last year’s score of 519, on the reading and writing portion of the test. The math score of 487 is down 4 points over a 491 score in 2018.

Though numbers slipped district-wide, six high schools, Dutchtown, Eagle’s Landing, Hampton, Locust Grove, Ola and Woodland, saw an increase in their mean scores.

Dutchtown, Eagle’s Landing, Hampton and Locust Grove high schools also saw an increase in both math and ERW scores.

“With recently released results showing increases in Georgia Milestones performance and maintaining our strong graduation rate, we are pleased to see there were also positive gains in many areas of our SAT performance,” said Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis. “Our board’s commitment to improve student achievement levels continues to result in positive outcomes for students and is a constant reflection of the high-quality education provided by employees in Henry County.”

At the state level, scores also decreased this year over last. The total mean score this year is 1,048 as compared to 1,054 in 2018. ERW scores dropped from 537 in 2018 to 533 in 2019. Math scores decreased by 2 points from 517 last year to 515 in 2019.

According to the Georgia Department of Education, the state’s SAT participation rose to 67 percent in 2019, up from 66 percent in 2018.

State School Superintendent Richard Woods said he’s proud of teachers and students in the state’s pubic schools systems.

“I’m feeling optimistic about the future for public education in Georgia and grateful for our educators and students who make it possible,” he said.

For more information about the SAT results, visit www.gadoe.org.

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