SAT scores
Floyd County again posts record SAT scores
Posted on 09/13/2010
Floyd County Schools’ SAT scores released on Monday, September 13, 2010 were once again well above the state and national average scores. For the second year in a row, Floyd County Schools, as a system, posted a record score for the system with a total of 1590; an increase of 38 points over last year and an increase of 126 points over 2006 scores. Coosa High had the highest score among Floyd County high schools with a score of 1720, a 181 point increase over last year. All four Floyd County high schools surpassed the state and national averages and saw tremendous growth over last five years. Coosa High posting the largest increase over the five year period with and increase of 193 points, Model High’s score increased 160 points to 1557, Pepperell High posted an 89 point increase with a score of 1582 and Armuchee High’s score rose 70 points with a score of 1552. The state average score for 2010 was 1453 and national average was 1509. 

Floyd County students achieved a verbal score of 533, a math score of 540 and a writing score of 517; all increases over last year. Floyd County outdistanced the state and nation on each section of the test. The state scored 488 on verbal, 490 on math and 475 on writing section. The national average was 501 verbal, 516 math and 492 writing. This is the fifth year of the revised SAT which now provides us a five year comparison of scores for the revised test. The revision to the test added a writing section for prospective college students in 2006. Floyd County Schools has experienced significant gains over the last five years in verbal and math scores. The system has also experienced success in the overall score since the writing section was added to the test. Over the last five years, the system verbal score has increased by 38 points, the math score has increased by 48 points and the written score has increased 40 points. The overall score, since the inception of the writing component, has increased from 1464 in 2006 to 1590 in 2010. 

In posting the highest score in the school system, Coosa High students achieved scores of 581 verbal, 576math and 563 writing this year; Pepperell students scored 529 verbal, 546 math and 507 writing; Model High students had 513 verbal, 535 math and 509 writing; and Armuchee students scored 529 verbal, 513 math and 510 writing. Summary statistics include results at the national, state, system, and school level are available on the Floyd County Schools’ website at www.floydboe.net.

To achieve the SAT gains, Floyd County Schools made a number of academic enhancements over the last seven years. Academic enhancements included an increase in the number of advanced academic courses available to students, providing SAT prep classes, the Honors College Prep advanced academic program was started, and the system introduced Georgia's first electronic classrooms that allow one teacher in a high school or middle school to teach students in all of our middle and high schools. "The hard work we have put in over the last several years to increase the rigor of the curriculum available to students is now showing dividends," stated Dr. Lynn Plunkett, superintendent of Floyd County Schools. "Strong SAT scores are a result of our commitment to provide a rigorous course work for our students beginning as early as middle school and it is a reflection of our student’s willingness to embrace a more challenging academic path to graduation."

Floyd County Schools has earned three honors in the Governor’s Cup SAT competition since the award’s inception in 2004. Model High won the state title in 2008 for the top gains in SAT for Class AA. Coosa High also won the state title in 2004 and the region title in 2007.

Floyd County Schools has made the following enhancements in the academic program in recent years to improve student performance:
  • Addition of honors level classes 
  • Increased expectation for student achievement 
  • Continued improvement in SAT Prep classes offered at all high schools as part of the regular curriculum 
  • SAT Prep classes 
  • Extensive training for English and mathematics teachers in test preparation 
  • Increased emphasis on vocabulary in all core classes 
  • Increased use of SAT format in instruction 
  • Guidance and counseling focused on preparation and readiness for SAT 
  • Emphasis on summer reading 
  • SAT prep activities incorporated into daily instruction including: SAT word of the day, SAT math problem of the day, etc. 
The SAT is a college entrance exam that is developed, administered and scored by the College Board. The SAT is designed to test the subject matter learned by students in high school and the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in college. The test has three sections -- critical reading, mathematics and writing – each worth 800 points, for a highest possible score of 2,400.

The SAT can be taken by any student, even if they have not been on a college bound course of study in high school. Students can take the test multiple times to improve their score during their high school career, but only the last score recorded by a student is used for SAT reporting purposes by the College Board. Colleges and universities use the student's best score for admission. Each Floyd County high school encourages students to take the test more than once to improve their standing for college admission. The College Board report does not reflect the best score of a student or a school class.

The College Board discourages the use of SAT scores to rank states, districts, and schools. Although the SAT is a strong indicator of trends in the college-bound population, it should never be used alone for such comparisons because demographics and other non-school factors can have a strong influence on scores. Factors, such as courses studied in high school, family background, and educational level of the parents, can have significant influences on scores. By studying other indicators, such as retention rates, graduation rates, number of higher level academic courses taken by SAT test-takers, and scores on other standardized assessments, educators can use these data, in conjunction with SAT scores, to make data-driven decisions that impact curriculum and instruction.