Georgia public-school students improved their performance on the SAT in 2018 and outperformed their counterparts in the nation’s public schools, recording a mean score of 1054 compared to the national mean of 1049.
Increases in participation are often accompanied by a slight decrease in scores, but Georgia’s improvements took place even as more students took the SAT. Sixty-six percent of Georgia’s public-school class of 2018 took the SAT during high school, compared to 61 percent of the class of 2017.
“We are seeing historic improvements in our education outcomes here in Georgia,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “On the SAT, which was once used to label Georgia as ‘last in the nation’ in education, Georgia’s public-school students are now beating the national average – that’s in addition to an all-time-high graduation rate and students beating the national average on the ACT as well. We have made unprecedented investments in a well-rounded, student-centered education system and we’re seeing the results of that shift. Most importantly, our students and educators have worked tirelessly, and I commend them. Every educator, student, and supporter of public education in this state should feel a deep pride in the progress our schools are making.”
In Georgia, 42 percent of public-school students met both of the College Board’s College Readiness Benchmarks. Seventy-three percent met the Writing benchmark and 43 percent met the math benchmark.
According to the College Board, students who meet the College Readiness Benchmarks show they are likely ready to take and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses.
Georgia’s 2018 scores also brought positive news in the area of equity.
Black students in Georgia’s public-school class of 2018 recorded a mean score of 961, higher than the national mean of 935 and an increase over 2017’s mean score of 957. Georgia’s Hispanic or Latino students recorded a mean score of 1022, a slight decrease from 2017’s mean of 1023 but significantly higher than the national mean of 979.
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Richard Woods has over 25 years of pre-k through 12th grade experience in public education. > Read Full Bio