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Overall SAT Scores Increase Across Henry County Schools

Submission Date: October 3, 2019

Release Date:  For Immediate Release

Contact: J.D. Hardin, 770-957-6601 ext. 161, john.hardin@henry.k12.ga.us

(Release # 0008-10-19)

 Henry County HS Seniors Rock the SAT

Overall SAT Scores Increase Across Henry County Schools

Multiple schools show improvement from previous year

HENRY COUNTY, GA – The recently released results from the 2018-19 administration of the SAT show that several Henry County Schools seniors from the Class of 2019 increased performance levels on the SAT compared to seniors the previous year.  The data provided by the College Board indicates that six of the district’s high schools increased their numbers compared to only four schools the previous year.

“We are extremely proud of the hard work of our students as evidenced with the latest SAT results,” said Josh Hinton, Chair of the Henry County Board of Education.  “Our employees work hard to ensure our students are prepared for education and life beyond high school, and the latest results show we have much to celebrate.”

The SAT, a nationally standardized test used as a part of the college admissions process, consists of two testing areas to measure student readiness for college: Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW).  The scores from these two areas help to formulate a total composite score for each student.  The highest score a student can receive in each testing area is 800, and the highest composite score possible is 1,600.

Dutchtown, Eagle’s Landing, Hampton, Locust Grove, Ola, and Woodland high all saw increases to their mean composite scores by an average of eight points.  Four of these high schools – Dutchtown, Eagle’s Landing, Hampton, and Locust Grove – saw increases to both their Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) scores, too.

The composite mean score for the district sits at 1003 in 2019 compared to 1010 in 2018.  The ERW mean score moved three points from a 519 to a 516, and the Math mean score changed four points from a 491 to a 487.  This year’s changes in district performance mirror similar changes at the state level. 

While there were fewer test-takers overall this year for the district, five out of 10 schools saw increases to the number of senior students taking the test in 2019.

Hampton High School showed the greatest improvement of all schools this year.  The seniors from Hampton increased the school’s performance number by 19 points overall.  The school tied with Dutchtown High School for the largest increase in ERW scores as both schools had an eight-point increase.  Hampton had the largest increase in Math mean scores with an 11-point increase.

Improvements at the school level start with administrators and teachers working together to align instruction to the standards and the rigor required by the standards as measured through assessments such as the SAT.  Hampton High School Principal Martin Gore points to this as being key to his school’s improvement. 

“Ultimately, the SAT provides us with a marker of student readiness for college coursework,” said Gore.  “Our students’ academic successes are a reflection of our teachers’ commitment to ensuring students are successful.  The SAT results are a testament to the dedication of our teachers and students to learning together.”

When comparing scores in the district to both national and state scores, Henry County Schools had two schools surpass both state and national mean scores in all areas.  Both Ola and Union Grove high schools performed at higher levels than their state and national counterparts.  Eagle’s Landing High School’s performance on the ERW portion tied that of their peers on a national level. 

Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis shared her thoughts on the latest student performance indicators.

“With recently released results showing increases in Georgia Milestones performance and maintaining our strong graduation rate, we are pleased to see there were also positive gains in many areas of our SAT performance,” said Davis.  “Our board’s commitment to improve student achievement levels continues to result in positive outcomes for students and is a constant reflection of the high-quality education provided by employees in Henry County.”

The district and school results are reflected below:

2019 SAT Scores  

You can find out more about Henry County Schools at www.henry.k12.ga.us.

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Image – SAT results chart for Henry County high schools, as well as district and state scores.