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Chatham County School SAT results released

Posted Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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Pittsboro, NC - The College Board released 2012-2013 SAT results on Thursday, September 26. North Carolina seniors in 2013 had an average combined SAT score of 1479, which is a 10-point increase from the previous year. Seniors from Chatham County Schools scored an average of 1454. Over 308 students took the SAT and each high school demonstrated gains over average scores from 2012. The district average improved 10 points from the 2012 average.

As a district, the average critical reading score was 483, the same score reported for 2012. The district average writing score was 468, 2 points above previous totals. The average math score for Chatham County Schools was 503, an 8 point increase from 2012.

Sixty-one students at Chatham Central High School took the SAT in 2013. Chatham Central had a grand total score of 1409, an increase of 3 points from 2012. The average critical reading score was 458, an increase of 6 points. The average math score was 503, an increase of 1 point. The average writing score was 448, a decrease of 4 points from 2012. Mitch Stensland, Chatham Central principal said, “Congratulations to the students and staff for the SAT performance increase. Our teachers focused on SAT vocabulary throughout the school, and four teachers taught SAT Preparation classes during the school day, after school, and on Saturdays. We are extremely proud of our students' commitment and performance!”

Eighty-six students at Jordan-Matthews High School took the SAT in 2013. Jordan-Matthews had a grand total score of 1344, a 13 point increase from 2012. The average critical reading score was 452, an increase of 4 points. The average math score was 465, an increase of 10 points. The average writing score was 427, a decrease of 1 point from 2012 averages. Martin McDonald, Jordan-Matthews principal said, “I am excited about the SAT gains we have seen at JM. We have added a new SAT Prep class at our school and are now offering special SAT Blitz sessions to help prepare our students better for the test. The new common core and focus on academic rigor should help us increase our scores.”

One hundred-sixty students at Northwood High School took the SAT in 2013. Northwood had a grand total score of 1529, an increase of 15 points from 2012. Northwood students scored better than the state and national averages for the third year in a row. The average critical reading score was 508, a decrease of 3 points. The average math score was 524, an increase of 10 points. The average writing score was 497, an increase of 8 points from 2012. Chris Blice, principal of Northwood says, “I am so proud of our students and teachers for this achievement. It is evident that their hard work and our use of the Princeton Review SAT materials has enabled our students to be successful on this and other tests for college readiness.”

In summary:

  • All of our traditional high schools had an increase in their total composite. Chatham Central increased from 1406 in 2012 to 1409 in 2013, Jordan-Matthews increased from 1331 to 1344, while Northwood increased from 1514 to 1529.
  • All schools saw an increase in the area of math while Chatham Central and Jordan-Matthews experienced an increase in the critical reading results, and Northwood increased their writing score.
  • Chatham Central increased their percentage of students tested from 59.6% in 2012 to 62.2% in 2013.
  • Chatham County Schools earned a composite score of 1454, while North Carolina achieved 1479 and the United States obtained a score of 1498.
  • Chatham County Schools tested 63.9% while North Carolina tested 62% and the United States tested 50%.
 
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