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East Cobb Schools Top SAT Scores

Recent graduates from Walton, Pope, Lassiter and Wheeler paced 2012 Cobb data released Monday.

Seven of the 16 high schools in the Cobb County School District posted SAT scores from the Class of 2012 above the national average. But the system-wide cumulative average is down slightly from last year, according to data released Monday. 

Recent graduates averaged an SAT score of 1520 in the combined reading, math and totals, a drop from the 1522 score the year before, the CCSD said in a release (see attached PDF). 

But that 1520 score remains 68 points ahead of the Georgia average and 22 points ahead of the national average. 

A total of 5,790 CCSD seniors took the SAT this year, representing around 80 percent of their class. 

On the rise were SAT scores for African-American students (14 points to a 1336 score), Native-American students (49 points to 1528) and for Asian-American students (31 points to 1707). 

The SAT scores for Hispanic students dropped 26 points to 1403, while average for white students fell one point to 1618.

“These scores tell me that our students are well-prepared to compete at the college level,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa said in the release. “We know that the district’s SAT average isn’t going to increase every year, but we did see marked improvement in several of our student groups as we continue to focus on closing the achievement gap."

The schools with the best SAT averages are all in East Cobb: Walton (1743), Pope (1645), Lassiter (1636) and Wheeler (1611).

The other Cobb high schools above the national average score of 1498 are Kennesaw Mountain (1572), Harrison (1561) and Kell (1507). Also in that group is Hillgrove, which experienced the biggest jump of any school, 57 points, to 1528.

Reading scores across CCSD were up by two points, while writing and math scores dipped by three points and one point, respectively. 

The following are school-by-school scores, along with systemwide, state and national averages. For more data, see the CCSD press release, which is attached as a PDF file. 

The detailed chart contains score comparisons by school against scores from 2010 and 2011.

Area/School 2012 Pct. Tested 2012 Reading 2012 Math 2012 Writing 2012 Total National 48 496 514 488 1498 Georgia 80 488 489 475 1452 Cobb  81 512 514 494 1520 Allatoona 81 509 503 483 1495 Campbell  72 487 489 482 1458 Harrison  92 524 531 506 1561 Hillgrove 82 516 513 499 1528 Kell  85 503 515 489 1507 Kennesaw Mountain 83 531 533 508 1572 Lassiter  98 549 556 531 1636 McEachern  80 457 440 429 1326 North Cobb  78 487 475 464 1426 Osborne  51 414 418 398 1230 Pebblebrook  78 436 414 428 1278 Pope  92 545 562 538 1645 South Cobb  66 450 441 432 1323 Sprayberry  80 511 501 483 1495 Walton  100 580 597 566 1743 Wheeler  80 535 555 521 1611
M Greenfield September 25, 2012 at 05:23 PM
"Asian-American students (31 points to 1707)" - Looks like white, African-American and Hispanic families need to take a closer look at the Asian-American families and see what they are doing right!
Ann September 26, 2012 at 06:29 PM
It's called Kumon tutoring. They begin attending when they are very young! check out their website: www.kumon.com We send our niece and nephew at the recommendation of a public school teacher in Michigan. She told us that is how they get a head of the class.
J in East Cobb December 23, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Kumon is fantastic! My child started in kindergarten (which is about 1 year later than most Kumon students), and now as a 3rd grader, she's doing 6th grade math and 7th grade reading comprehension. The key to Kumon though, is commitment: Kumon worksheets have to be completed EVERY day, which is tough when you consider regular school work, outside of school activities, "life", etc. If you can navigate these waters and stick to Kumon, your child will excel. Here's why: Kumon tailors each child's program to address their specific needs (children are assessed before they start). Kumon students don't progress from one level to the next, until they've mastered all the competencies associated with the level they're on (in time and accuracy). It's not a group model; it's an individual model, which makes it ideal...but like everything worth having, it requires a lot of devotion.

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