- Ty Tagami The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The College Board released the latest results for its SAT exam today, and they won’t tell you much because of changes to the the exams.
The results for the class of 2017 cannot be compared to those of predecessors, but local and state officials were comparing their average scores.
The Georgia Department of Education touted the state’s results, reporting that students here outperformed the nation on reading and writing. The state did not mention, though, that Georgia students underperformed the nation by a greater margin in math.
In Georgia, the mean score on the math portion was 515 and the mean score on reading and writing was 535.
Nationally, 1,715,481 students took the exam, scoring 527 in math and 533 in reading and writing.
For Georgia’s class of 2016, when some students took the old version of the SAT and others took the new, a total of 69,922 Georgians participated. In its latest report, the organization said 63,805 of 2017’s graduates took the new SAT. A spokeswoman added that another 7,066 took only the old version of the test, for a total of 70,871, and an increase of nearly 1,000 test takers.
The state DOE notes that a larger proportion of Georgia students took the exams than was the case nationally. In Georgia, 61 percent of graduates in the class of 2017 took the tests versus 47 percent nationally, the state reported.