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Chatham County SAT results released

Posted Tuesday, August 30, 2005

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Chatham scores dropped for the second year in row

Pittsboro, NC - On Tuesday, August 30, the College Board released the 2005 results of high school SAT results. The testing is a new version that debuted in March of 2005. The College Board conducted extensive research in creating the new version and collaborated with high school and college teachers, counselors and administrators during the process.

276 high school students from Chatham County Schools took the SAT in 2005. As a group their mean math score was 499. As a group their mean verbal score was 488. The two areas combined for a total mean score of 987.

At the individual county high school level, thirty-seven students from Chatham Central High School took the 2005 SAT. With a mean math score of 525 and a mean verbal score of 490, the total mean score of Chatham Central SAT takers was 1015. Chatham Central exceeded the state total mean score.

Eighty-five students from Jordan-Matthews High School took the 2005 SAT. With a mean math score of 464 and a mean verbal score of 433, the total mean score of Jordan-Matthews SAT takers was 897.

154 students from Northwood High School took the 2005 SAT. With a mean math score of 512 and a mean verbal score of 517, the total mean score of Northwood SAT takers was 1029. Northwood exceeded the state and national total mean scores.

“We take time to analyze SAT testing data in detail at the district and school levels so we can find areas in which we can help our students improve. Strengthening our curriculum offerings and carefully guiding students to challenge themselves academically are important parts of the school role in student SAT success. We hope projects like our 1 to 1 Learning Initiative with the iBook laptops will be another way of meeting the academic needs of our high school students,” commented Dr. Ann Hart, Superintendent of Chatham County Schools.

In the state of North Carolina 53,314 high school students took the 2005 SAT. The statewide mean math score was 511. The statewide mean verbal score was 499. The two areas combined for a total mean score of 1010.

Nationally, 1,475,623 high school students took the 2005 SAT. The national mean math score was 520. The national mean verbal score was 508. The two areas combined for a total mean score of 1028.

In comparing scores of previous years, it is important to note that the 2005 SAT is different. Changes include a student-written essay, elimination of analogies, addition of shorter reading passages, new content from third-year college preparatory math, and elimination of quantitative comparisons.

Comparing the two previous SAT testing years, Chatham County's 2004 mean math score was 498, its verbal mean score was 498, and its total mean score was 996. In 2003 Chatham County's mean math score was 508, its verbal mean score was 492, and its total mean score was 1000. The number of students in Chatham County who have taken the SAT has risen from 225 in 2003 to 227 in 2004 to 276 in 2005.

 
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