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Newton students below state, nation on SAT

COVINGTON -- Newton County students on average are still scoring below state and national averages on college-entrance exams.

The 2012 SAT results for high school seniors last school year released by the College Board on Monday showed that 605 students in the Newton County School System scored an average total of 1,343 on the test out of a possible score of 2,400.

The more than 73,000 students across the state who took the test scored an average of 1,452. The national average was 1,498.

The SAT is a national college entrance exam that assesses how well students analyze and solve problems; typically students take it during their junior and/or senior year of high school. Each section has a possible score from 200 to 800.

In Newton County, students scored an average of 458 in critical reading, 442 in math and 443 in writing, compared to a state average of 488 in reading, 489 in math and 475 in writing.

Eastside High School was the only school to have a score above the state level. In critical reading, the 190 Eastside seniors scored an average of 489.

According to NCSS, the system's scores increased from last year in all areas overall -- 13 points overall in Newton. Alcovy High School's scores were the only ones to decrease -- down 10 points to 445 in reading and down 12 points to 428 in math.

"Overall, we're pleased that scores are up for each subject tested on the SAT for the district as a whole," said NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews. "Indeed, our increases last year outpaced that of the state and nation in reading and writing and equaled that in math. That said, as I've noted previously, the system has a ways to go on this college admissions test. The lag we see was not born overnight and will take years of further progress to overcome."

The SAT is administered seven times a year in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. Territories, and six times a year overseas. Students may take the test multiple times over multiple years. Colleges and universities will use for admission purposes the highest score from a testing category, regardless of how many times the student has taken the test. The College Board, however, only reports collectively the most recent scores achieved by students.

The SAT scores of Georgia's 2012 senior class increased seven points, as the nation's scores decreased two points, according to the College Board.

"I'm extremely pleased that SAT scores increased so much this year," said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. "We jumped ahead of several states in our overall score, even as we saw our participation rate continue to increase."

Colleges also use the ACT as an entrance exam. Newton's 2012 ACT score was 18.8 out of a possible score of 36, compared to the state's average of 20.7 and the nation's average of 21.1.

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Satan69 2 years, 1 month ago

WHY was Alcovy High the ONLY one to go down?  Down 10 or more points in TWO main areas?  It is time for leadership overhaul - LOWEST grad rate and LOWEST SAT not only that but DROPS parents it is up to us to get mad and be heard.

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Billy 2 years, 1 month ago

Staff are too busy with lawsuits about reputatations to be worried about such matters...

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Tatersalad 2 years, 1 month ago

3 years later this is what you get when someone leads a school that has never led a high school it is bound to only get worse.  It keeps getting worse and will get only worse we are not even in October yet outrageous parents should flood the board members.

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Personalsavior 2 years, 1 month ago

I have never heard of these kinds of drops in scores like at Alcovy this is horrible. 

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OnToday 2 years, 1 month ago

Seriously how much longer will Mathews and the BOE keep ignoring the problem? It is well past time for a change in leadership. This is not a factory or a business but a taxpayer funded school. We demand accountability! Teachers get fired for not meeting standards so why not administrators! Has anyone not noticed how many teachers, counselors, and assistant principals have left Alcovy or were forced out? IT IS NOT WORKING!!!! Too much time spent suing and not enough time addressing the problems. ENOUGH!!!!!!!!

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ShannonBlack 2 years, 1 month ago

SAT scores are up everywhere except Alcovy High.  Why?

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CBSfinder 2 years, 1 month ago

Alcovy's SAT scores show a total lack of leadership it is over now.  The scores show it all it is time for LaQuanda Brown Carpenter to leave Alcovy High School NOW. 

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Personalsavior 2 years, 1 month ago

Thank you Mr. Meadors for explaining all of this at last night's meeting.  I am so glad we have a fighter for kids on the school board. . We are behind you this high school is failing by every indication and I was glad for once to hear people speak out against the principal openly.

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Henrycounselor 2 years, 1 month ago

SHOCKING - Alcovy High needs new leadership!

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KBeet 2 years, 1 month ago

There may be an article out soon on SAT scores.  Alcovy High is down double digits in math and reading.  Unbelievable to be this low.

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Frustrated 2 years, 1 month ago

You cant expect things to improve using the same old methods. This should be ANOTHER WAKE UP CALL to the BOE that something is wrong at AHS. They were the only school that dropped in points. This should speak volumes to Matthews. Lets see if someone has the guts to do something about it.

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will 2 years, 1 month ago

Alcovy had a decrease, that surprises me with the great administration they have at that fine school. In the real world when people fail at their jobs they are fired. The BOE in this county is failing at every turn concerning this low performing school. Hunter perhaps you should call out the BOE members that are failing at their jobs, not people that bring these failures to the public. I cant wait for the economy to improve I will be out of this failing county. The leaders in this county want to prop up the welfare dwellers and this is what you get when you prop up non-productive people. As for the COC Hunter Hall is your mouthpiece and that can hurt your membership when he defends our failing school system.

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bartsimpson 2 years, 1 month ago

If it's handled anything like the BOE has handled similar problems in the past, Ms Carpenter will be removed from her Alcovy position but placed as a principal in another school within NCSS. They have a reputation of moving problems instead of removing problems. South Salem is a prime example of this approach.

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henrystamm 2 years, 1 month ago

As soon as we get rid of the tax and spend crowd and hire effective teachers this will not improve? Scores that are just over 50% is not acceptable and shows failure. Can the whole system and convert all schools to charter schools run by the parent or better grand parents that are retired form business profession without pay. I certainly would volunteer.

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gsm7476 2 years, 1 month ago

Well Gary you doing a great job there. As you always point out Newton County has special children and can not compare them with another county in the state or country.

It is time for a fundamental change in the way we educate children give the choice to the parents not the BOE. It is time to vote for Children vote Charter YES.

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GSM 2 years, 1 month ago

No one measure for any given year determines a school's total performance. That said, Principal Carpenter and her teachers will certainly be examining SAT results to determine where weaknesses can be turned into strengths. (No two senior classes are alike.) Meanwhile, on last year's EOCTs for the state of Georgia, Alcovy enjoyed statistically significant improvement ON EACH OF EIGHT STATE TESTS: +11 in 9th Grade Literature; +6 in American Literature; +16 in Biology; +5 in Physical Science; +3 in U.S. History; +4 in Economics; +16 in Math I; and +18 in Math II. While only the EOCT in Economics in the above list includes last year's SAT test-takers, the broad point is that the school-as-a-whole showed SIGNFICANT academic gains in 2011-12 across the board, across grade levels given our state's required curriculum. This bodes well for the future. And Alcovy teachers, support staff, and administrators deserve our gratitude while working to improve all results including the SAT. Gary S. Mathews, Superintendent, Newton County School System

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tomgahunter 2 years, 1 month ago

How is Mr Carpenter's job search going?.. I hope you have encouraged him to apply to Clayton County, he & his wife will make a perfect fit down there.

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gsm7476 2 years, 1 month ago

tell all the story not just the good stuff. about 1/3 of the class of 2012 did not graduate in 2012. About 300 of newton county's children for one year. Gary you are good at spinning the facts but I for one are one to your game.

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CadyJackson 2 years, 1 month ago

So, was this count of Math II EOCT done before or after the second try in the summer?

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MsLoy 2 years, 1 month ago

It is immoral to have a high school where everything is about failure failing SAT failing ACT failing everything rise up against it peeps and let's get neighborhoods to turn out at the October 9th BOE meeting at 7 p.m.  - take back Alcovy High and let's turn this thing around

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Unstableone 2 years, 1 month ago

ok so now gary mathews blogs at the other paper and stephanie lindsey blogs when the supt of schools blogs in all CAPS he is really trying to hide something - alcovy has the lowest grad rate and low test scores and the worst state drops in math and reading and highest teacher turnover in the county and horrible school crime and he defends this so i guess we know we are in for no-change gary at the leadership wheel

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OnToday 2 years, 1 month ago

What a joke! Our superintendent is on here trying to deflect criticism by saying EOCT scores are up and that is proof of academic gains? Dr. Mathews, it is sad I have to explain this to you but you do realize there is no comparing EOCTs and SATs don't you? My son has taken both and the SAT was challenging. His EOCTs were a joke. I don't see too many EOCT test prep books or classes and for good reason. EOCTs are up because of the efforts of individual teachers and in spite of the school "leadership." No one is comparing two senior classes. We simply see a trend at AHS of poor performance in multiple areas and we see a superintendent and BOE watching it happen. This is not a football coach on the hot seat because of wins and losses or a company losing profits. These are our kids. Their future and ours. Do your job, step in, show some leadership, and make a change!

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Frustrated 2 years, 1 month ago

I will say it again...repeat something enough times and even some will get lucky and retain a little bit. Teh state needs to do away with the EOCT and let teachers get back to teaching, not just what the state wants the students to pass on a test.

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John 2 years, 1 month ago

@frustrated, Educational testing has been going on since before you & I were born (I graduated HS in '63) and the testing has continually been modified of the years. I recall taking various standardized test from elementary through high school. In my day, for college entrance only the ACT test was required. Much of the testing is & was driven by Federal standards. Without any testing & standards to go by how would you propose to evaluate how well or otherwise students, teachers are performing???

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SharonBlock 2 years, 1 month ago

Seriously?  We have a school super who blogs to defend alcovy?  He must be in defense mode.

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Tatersalad 2 years, 1 month ago

Corruption, decit and lies. Wow lets go behind the scenes of The BOE in Newton county and see whats really going on. hahahahaha. I would be afraid to know.

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