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September 30, 2013NORTH FULTON, Ga. -- In what has become a recurring annual theme, students in North Fulton continue their high performance on the SAT assessment, with six area high schools placing in the top 10 among their peer schools.
Northview High students, with an average SAT score of 1773, posted the highest average among schools with more than 150 test takers. The school was bested only by The Advanced Academy of Georgia and the Gwinnett School of Mathematics Science and Technology, which tested eight and 138 students, respectively. Northview tested 406 students.
The positive news for North Fulton high schools was tempered by the fact that four of the seven high schools whose students took the SAT last year lowered their scores from last year. Overall, the average score dropped 25 points, including a 10-point decline in math scores from the previous year.
The overall system average also fell from last year, falling 13 points from 1580 to 1567. That number was still high enough to rank the Fulton System second best in the state, behind only Forsyth County which came in at 1580.
Fulton School officials were still pleased with the district performance.
"Only [Forsyth] has higher SAT scores than ours and it has 3,000 fewer students taking the test," said Fulton Superintendent Robert Avossa said. "Fulton has the third largest number of test-takers in Georgia, yet we continue to keep our district averages the highest in metro Atlanta. That's commendable for a district of our diversity and size."
Among schools with at least 150 test takers, Northview High led the top 10 list among the states 452 schools, followed by Johns Creek at 1707 (4th), Milton at 1697 (5th), Alpharetta at 1672 (7th), Chattahoochee at 1667 (9th), and Roswell at 1653 (10th).
Averages from the remaining North Fulton high schools included Fulton Science Academy at 1563, followed by Centennial at 1560, and newly-opened Cambridge at 1525, which had only 51 seniors taking the 2013 test.
Gains were seen on scores from FSAHS, Alpharetta, Milton and Northview, but double digit drops were recorded at Roswell (24 point dip), and Centennial and Johns Creek, both of which dropped 22 points from last year. Chattahoochee also saw a drop of seven points from last year.
"Although our overall scores dipped this year, I'm not discouraged – far from it," said Avossa. "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."
The SAT is the most widely taken national assessment for college enrollment, and has a possible score of 2400 points in three parts – math, critical reading and writing. It is administered by the College Board, which also administers the Advanced Placement (AP) exams.
Overall, nearly 75 percent of Georgia's class of 2013 took the SAT; the ninth highest participation rate in the country. The average state score on the 2013 SAT was 1452, with the national average at 1498. Both averages were unchanged from last year, but did stop the slide in test scores which began in 1999.
Top high schools in Georgia by SAT scores/participants (at least 150 test takers):
1. Northview 1773/406
2. Walton (Cobb) 1741/607
3. Columbus (Muscogee) 1722/341
4. Johns Creek 1707/418
5. Milton 1697/588
6. Pope (Cobb) 1685/406
7. Alpharetta 1672/484
8. South Forsyth 1668/357
9. Chattahoochee 1667/481
10. Roswell 1653/491
SAT Scores for North Fulton High Schools (2013/2012)
Fulton Science Academy 1563/1513
Johns Creek 1707/1729