The Muscogee County School District has continued its overall improvement on the SAT, and Carver High led the way this past year.
Thursday's nationwide release of the reasoning test results used for college entrance showed Muscogee's nine high schools averaged a composite score of 1435 out of a possible 2400 (combining the reading, math and writing sections) -- nine points higher than last year and 31 points higher than four years ago. Carver's score increased 42 points from 1202 last year to 1244 this year.
That positive momentum runs counter to the negative national and state trends. The average composite scores for the United States (1498) and Georgia (1452) stayed the same compared to last year and have dipped seven points and three points, respectively, since 2009.
Columbus High continued to have the highest composite SAT score among Muscogee County's nine high schools. Columbus, which is the district's lone high school comprising only magnet students, also is the only Muscogee school scoring above the national and state SAT average. Columbus improved 18 points the past year, from 1704 to 1722, and has increased its score 30 points since 2009.
The Muscogee school with the biggest gain the during past four years is Spencer, which added seven more points to its composite score for a 1206 this year -- a total improvement of 69 points since 2009.
The bad news for the district is that Early College (minus-50), Kendrick (minus-43) and Jordan (minus-24) took double-digit drops the past year.
Harris County produced the best 2013 composite score among local school districts in Georgia with a 1488; Chattahoochee County scored a 1241. Harris ranks 16th in the state, Muscogee 40th and Chattahoochee 160th among Georgia's 179 school districts.
The scores released are for 2013 high school seniors. Alabama State Department of Education public information specialist Erica Pippins said Alabama's 2013 SAT results for each district and school weren't available Thursday. Most students in Alabama take the ACT instead of the SAT.
MCSD'S FIVE-YEAR SAT TREND
Here are the composite scores on the SAT for the Muscogee County School District the past five years, compared to the state and nation:
Group: 2009 Grads-2010 Grads-2011 Grads-2012 Grads-2013 Grads-2012-13-Change-5-Yr Change
Early College: NA-NA-1371-1254-1204-(-50)-NA
LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 2013 SAT SCORES
Here are the average SAT for 2013 high school seniors in local school districts:
District: Test Takers-Reading-Math-Writing-Composite
MCSD'S 2013 SCHOOL-BY-SCHOOL SCORES
Here are the average SAT for 2013 high school seniors in the Muscogee County School District:
School: Test Takers-Reading-Math-Writing-Composite
Early College: 17-404-398-402-1204