Two of the five high schools in Douglas County showed increases in all tested SAT areas in 2016, according to numbers released by the school system last week.

Alexander High School had a 21-point increase from last year in critical reading; a 15-point increase in math and a five-point increase in writing, bringing an overall 41 point increase from an average of 1369 to 1410 on the test.

Douglas County High School showed a total 31-point increase from an average of 1447 to 1478 in 2016 SAT test scores, including a 12-point increase in critical reading; a 15-point increase in math and a four-point increase in writing.

The 2016 SAT scores released Tuesday show a three-point increase overall for students in the Douglas County School System and a nine-point increase overall for Georgia.

“We are proud of the gains our students made on the SAT and our gains in the area of critical reading and math,” said Douglas County Schools Superintendent Gordon Pritz. “Our students have shown gains over four consecutive years on the SAT. This is another example of the work our teachers are doing each day to better prepare our students to be college or career ready.”

Students elect to register and take the SAT. In March 2016, students transitioned to the redesigned SAT. The new test focuses on concepts and ideas covered in high school and needed most for college and career readiness.

Chief Academic Officer Pam Nail said, “Our overall scores are showing improvement each year. While Alexander High School and Douglas County High School made gains in writing, our average district score for writing had a three-point dip.This is an area we will certainly continue to focus on with the assistance of our classroom teachers, school improvement specialists and school leaders. With the recent changes to the Georgia Standards of Excellence, we are optimistic that additional focus on literacy through classroom instruction will provide students with the tools to become more fluent writers. Our teachers continue to embed writing across the curriculum and employ opportunities to practice writing for various purposes.”

A summary of scores for the five high schools in Douglas County are listed below by subject area and total scores.

Douglas County School System

• Critical Reading: 4 point increase (466 to 470)

• Math: 2 point increase (446 to 448)

• Writing: 3 point decrease (446 to 443)

Total: 3 point increase (1358 to 1361)

Alexander High School

• Critical Reading – 21 point increase (470 to 491)

• Math – 15 point increase (449 to 464)

• Writing – 5 point increase (450 to 455)

Total – 41 point increase (1369 to 1410)

Chapel Hill High School

• Critical Reading – 9 point decrease (467 to 458)

• Math – 12 point decrease (451 to 439)

• Writing – 8 point decrease (439 to 431)

Total – 29 point decrease (1357 to 1328)

Douglas County High School

• Critical Reading – 12 point increase (497 to 509)

• Math – 15 point increase (472 to 487)

• Writing – 4 point increase (478 to 482)

Total – 31 point increase (1447 to 1478)

Lithia Springs High School

• Critical Reading – remained the same (441 to 441)

• Math – 2 point decrease (427 to 425)

• Writing – 7 point decrease (419 to 412)

Total – 9 point decrease (1287 to 1278)

New Manchester High School

• Critical Reading – 5 point decrease (438 to 435)

• Math – 6 point decrease (418 to 412)

• Writing – 8 point decrease (422 to 414)

Total - 17 point decrease (1278 to 1261)

The College Board’s SAT is a globally recognized college admission test designed to assess academic readiness for college through student reasoning based on knowledge and skills. The three parts of the SAT test are critical reading, mathematics and writing.

Contact Liz Marino by email at liz@douglascountysentinel.com.

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