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Local SAT average rises 17 points

Posted: September 15, 2010 9:56 a.m.
Updated: September 15, 2010 9:54 a.m.

Kershaw County seniors’ SAT average composite score jumped 17 points to outperform the state composite score, tying for the 21st-highest score among South Carolina school districts.

Class of 2010 local seniors’ average score was 1,453 compared to last year’s average composite score of 1436. The state’s average composite score for public high school seniors decreased two points to 1,443 while the national average composite rose three points to 1497.

With an average composite score of 1,508, North Central High School was one of 38 S.C. schools with a score above the national average. Lugoff-Elgin High School’s average score of 1,469 was 26 points higher than the state average. Camden High School’s average composite jumped 22 points from last year to 1427.

“I’m especially pleased to see these scores rise at a time when we continue to increase our test takers because that’s normally when you see averages fall,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan. “Coupled with the increase that we saw in our average ACT score, this is very good news.”

Kershaw County’s percentage of seniors tested rose to 44 percent, up from 42 percent last year and 40 percent in 2008.

Scoring on the three sections -- math, critical reading and writing -- ranges from 200 to 800 points. Kershaw County’s 2010 average critical reading score was 486 while local seniors averaged 506 on math. Kershaw County 2010 seniors’ average writing score was 461.

Camden High’s 2010 average critical reading score was 479, average math score was 502, and average writing score was 446. Lugoff-Elgin High students averaged 490 on critical reading, 509 on math and 471 on writing. North Central students’ average critical reading score was 507, average math score was 525 and average writing score was 477.

(This information was provided by the Kershaw County School District.)

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