Parkview Third Among Gwinnett Cluster High Schools in SAT Scores

Gwinnett results continue to top state, national averages.

Gwinnett County Public Schools released SAT scores for the Class of 2012, the sixth class to take the new version of the SAT, which features a writing
section. Once again, Gwinnett test-takers topped state and national averages on all sections (critical reading, math, and writing) of the test.

Parkview was third in Gwinnett among cluster high schools. It had an average of 1587, behind Brookwood (1614) and North Gwinnett (1595). The Gwinnett School of Mathematics and Technology, which draws students county wide, led the system with an average if 1941.

2012 Local Scores

Parkview 1587 (Reading 530, Mathematics 542, Writing 515)

Berkmar 1370 (Reading 459, Mathemtics 469, Writing 442)

Meadowcreek 1355 (Reading 451, Mathematics 470, Writing 434)

(Note: Meadowcreek is included because Lilburn Elementary and Lilburn Middle are feeder schools)

While the national SAT average dipped, both state and local averages increased. Test participation in Gwinnett County Public Schools continues to be noteworthy as more and more students take the SAT and prepare for college.

“This year’s results are good news for Gwinnett County Public Schools,” says CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks. “I am pleased with the progress our schools are making as a whole. We know that SAT scores are a benchmark used by many to assess how well schools are doing and this increase is something we should celebrate. However, we also know there is still work to be done in terms of helping all students achieve at higher levels and we are committed to making that happen.”

Gwinnett SAT Highlights

  • Gwinnett’s average composite score on the SAT is 1518, a combination of the average critical reading score of 503, the average mathematics score of 522, and the average writing score of 493. (Possible scores range from 200 to 800 on each section. The highest possible composite score is 2400.)
  • Gwinnett’s total SAT average is 20 points above the national average of 1498.
  • Gwinnett’s average is 66 points above the Georgia average of 1452.
  • Over the last two years, GCPS has experienced a 23.4 percent increase in SAT participation. In 2010, 6,320 students took the SAT in Gwinnett. This past year, Gwinnett had 7,798 SAT test takers. That is an increase of 1,478 test takers over a two-year period.

Individual school averages can be greatly affected by the unique
characteristics of each year’s test takers. Students can improve their SAT scores by doing well in rigorous courses, reading challenging books and articles, and writing concise essays that include compelling details to support a persuasive argument.

A Review of the New SAT—How is it different?
Several things differentiate the new version of the SAT from previous
tests, including:

  • The new SAT features a writing section. Students are asked to take a position on an issue and use reasoning and examples taken from their previous in and out of class experiences to support the position.
  • The critical reading test actually is more than a name change from the previous verbal section of the SAT. Reading passages are longer and require a deeper understanding of both vocabulary and contextual understanding.
  • The mathematics section includes questions testing students’ knowledge of Algebra II, an area not assessed in the previous version of the SAT.
John Cook September 26, 2012 at 08:10 AM
What is the plan to get Meadowcreek and Berkmar scores up? It's easy for Wilbanks and the School Board members to say "we also know there is still work to be done in terms of helping all students achieve at higher levels and we are committed to making that happen.” I could care less that they are "committed." Why aren't they getting the job done?
John Cook September 26, 2012 at 08:28 AM
Wilbanks and the School Board members have given more than $900Thousand to subsidize the businesses of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce in hopes that the Chamber will lure businesses and increase school tax revenue. If tax money is given to the Chamber, the businesses get a break on the amount they must contribute to the Chamber's budget. Isn't that special? Rick Cost of the School System claims that the Chamber is responsible for billions in capital improvements in the County, resulting in increased school tax revenue. However, when pressed for specific examples that the Chamber is exclusively responsible for luring to Gwinnett, Cost and the Chamber are surprisingly silent. One would think that they would be proud of such accomplishments--if it was TRUE. They are like the kid caught with a hand in the cookie jar. They have become silent and refuse to answer taxpayer questions. If they want to increase revenue, all the School Board and Wilbanks need to do is increase the scores/reputation of school clusters such as Meadowcreek, Berkmar, Shiloh, and others. This would make the real estate within those school clusters more desirable, which in turn would increase selling prices, property values, and school taxes on those properties. What a novel idea--if the School Board members and Wilbanks actually did their JOBS, the result would naturally be increased revenue from a legitimate function of their jobs!
North Georgia Weather September 27, 2012 at 10:02 AM
Meadowcreek, Berkmar, and to some extent, the Shiloh cluster, have a highly transient population in relation to other schools and it will be very difficult to raise them up. You make it sound so easy, you should spend a day in a classroom at any one of these clusters and see what it's really like. You obviously have no clue.


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