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SAT Participation Increases, Scores Top State and Nation

With a gain in the number of students taking the test, Fayette’s 2010 high school graduates topped the average scores of both the state and nation on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), according to results released today by the College Board.

Fayette’s students posted an overall average score of 1547 – 94 points above that of the state and 38 points over the national average.

The breakdown of Fayette’s scores is as follows: 520 critical reading, 524 mathematics and 503 writing. Fayette outscored both the state and the nation in all test sections. The county’s score is 32 points above the state and 19 points above the nation in critical reading, 34 above the state and 8 above the nation in mathematics and 28 above the state and 11 above the nation in writing.

Nearly 3 percent more graduates took the test in 2010; participation totaled 1,358. The number of test takers has steadily declined since 2008. Participation went from 1,480 (the highest in the last five years) in 2007 to 1,394 in 2008; a 5.8 percent decrease. The decline continued in 2009 with 1,320 high school graduates tested, a 5.3 percent decrease.

Both McIntosh and Starr’s Mill High had the highest average scores in the county with 1624 and 1617, respectively. Fayette County High had the highest average score increase with 1491, a 39-point jump from 2009. Whitewater High also saw an increase with a score of 1518, up 17 points from 2009. Sandy Creek High posted an average score of 1436.

For more information visit Fayette County Board of Education.