System SAT scores rank in Georgia's top ten
Floyd County SAT scores rank 9th in Georgia for 2013
Posted on 09/27/2013

SAT scores for students in Floyd County Schools were once again well above the state and national average in a report released on Thursday, September 26, 2013 by the College Board.  As a system, Floyd County Schools posted a total score of 1517; an increase of three points over last year.  The score was also one of the best in the state of Georgia for 2013.  Floyd County Schools SAT score was the ninth best score in Georgia.  

Pepperell High had the highest score among Floyd County high schools with a score of 1553, a 47 point increase over last year.  All four Floyd County high schools surpassed the state average and two topped the national average.  The state average score for 2013 was 1452 and national average was 1498.   

Floyd County students achieved a verbal score of 517, a math score of 502 and a writing score of 498; verbal and writing scores were increases over last year.  Floyd County outdistanced the state on each section of the test.  The state scored 490 on verbal, 487 on math and 475 on the writing section.  Floyd County topped the national average of 496 verbal,the nation scored 514 in math and 488 in writing.   

In posting the highest score in the school system, Pepperell High students achieved scores of 530 verbal, the highest system math score with a 525, and 498 in writing this year.  Armuchee students followed closely with a total score of 1550, the highest system verbal score of 533, 508 in math and the highest system score in writing with a 509. Coosa High students had a 1461 total score with 491 verbal, 468 math and 502 writing; and Model students totaled 1493 with 508 verbal, 497 math and 488 writing.  

To achieve gains in SAT scores, Floyd County Schools has made a number of academic enhancements over the last ten years.  The system increased the number of advanced academic courses available to students, provided SAT prep classes, and added the Honors Prep advanced academic program.  "Traditionally, a rise in SAT scores are the result of an increase in rigor offered and taken by students," stated Dr. Jeff McDaniel, superintendent of Floyd County Schools. "Our system's focus from primary grades through high school is producing graduates prepared for success at the next level in life."

Floyd County Schools has earned five 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 won the state title in 2004 and the region title in 2007.  Armuchee High won the region title in 2009 and finished third in the state that year. 

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
  • 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.