October 20, 2015
High schools around the nation continuously adapt to the College Board’s constant adjustments of its well-known SAT test.
McEachern embraces these changes, and now they’re receiving the fruits from their labor. The school’s SAT test scores have improved 10 percent from last year, with a seven percent increase in English and a six percent improvement in Math.
After hearing this, Principal Regina Montgomery was “happy” the score increase “shows that students are heading in the right direction.”
Across the Cobb County School District, reading and math scores increased by one percent and writing scores dropped by one percent.
“Cobb students are exceeding their peers’ statewide average by 66 points and the national average by 26 points,” Cobb County Schools Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said. “These recent scores are a testament to the great work completed in our schools by both teachers and students.”
Statewide, 72,898 students accounting for 76.9 percent of the overall class of 2015 took the SAT, which is down .3 percent from last year’s 77.2 percent. 35.6 percent of testers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark, suggesting that students academically have a better chance of succeeding in the workforce or in post-secondary education.
College Board provides students and teachers with practice tests, a tool to create a plan of action, and general information to aid in the preparation for the test. The organization has also partnered with Khan Academy to provide free customized SAT practice to students.
“We’ve attempted to do the SAT Words of the Month with all of our teachers,” Montgomery said. “We’ve offered SAT tutorials, and the Cobb County School District pays for a SAT prep class as well.”
College Board suggests that schools adopt SAT School Day, a program designed to allow upperclassmen to take the SAT in school during the normal school day.
“By removing common barriers for students like transportation or weekend work commitments,” College Board Chief of Assessment Cyndie Schmeiser said, “we are able to foster a college-going culture and increase access to college, especially among first-generation college-bound students.”
According to Montgomery, continuing what is already being done is how this positive trend will grow in the years to come.