East Jackson Comprehensive High School and Commerce High School both raised their scores on the SAT Reasoning Test this past year.
The improvement was dramatic at EJCHS, where 2009 college-bound seniors scored 1,451, some 144 points higher than the previous year.
At Commerce, 2009 graduates posted a composite score of 1,478, up 21 points from the previous year. That comes on the heels of a 32-point improvement last year over the Class of 2007.
A perfect score is 2,400.
According to CHS counselor Stacey Henderson, the 34 students in the college preparatory curriculum scored an average of 1,502. Those in the career-technical curriculum averaged 1,194.
Jefferson High School had the top SAT scores in Jackson County, with a 1,562 composite. Jackson County Comprehensive High School posted a 1,475 composite score.
The state score for public schools was 1,450, down three points. Its composite score for all students, including those home-schooled or in private schools, was 1,460, down six points from last year. Georgia SAT scores have fallen for three years in a row. The U.S. average is 1,509 — down two points from last year.
ACT Scores Fall
Commerce High School’s ACT scores dipped by 1.8 points to 18. Ten students, only six of whom were in the college prep curriculum, took the test. One of those was a junior.
At East Jackson, scores rose by 2.1 points over the previous year for a composite score of 19.8. Jackson County Comprehensive High School had a composite of 20.8, while Jefferson High School’s composite score was 21.5.
The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement test designed to measure college readiness and preparation. A perfect score on the ACT would be 36.