The district’s composite score of 1530, a 14-point increase from last year, was 21 points above the national average and 83 points above the state average.
Anderson One students ranked third in reading with a 513 score, sixth in math with a 526 score, and fourth on the writing section of the test with a 491 score.
A total of 278 of Anderson One’s seniors took the test this year. Those students represented just under half of the district’s seniors. At Wren, 58 percent of seniors took the test, while 27 percent took it at Palmetto.
“Usually when a higher percentage of students take a standardized test, scores go down,” Anderson One Superintendent Wayne Fowler said. “Even with our high percentage tested, our students’ scores improved. This demonstrates our schools’ push to establish a true ‘college going culture’ for more students. The high expectations established in elementary and middle school and continued through high school are affirmed when one sees the sort of success our students had on both this year’s SAT. Our students and district staff are to be congratulated.”
John Pruitt, Director of Secondary Education for Anderson One, said that although the SAT is not meant to be a “culminating exam,” it does help students get accepted to college and receive scholarships.
“We view it as an indicator of improvement,” Pruitt said.
“We are very pleased with our SAT scores,” Wren High Principal Robbie Binnicker said. This is the result of hard work by all involved including teachers, students, and parents. An emphasis on critical reading, rigorous coursework, and other SAT skills have helped to increase our scores well above the state and national average.”
Statewide, average SAT scores fell by two points since 2009, although Advanced Placement exam scores improved.
The SAT continues to be a more popular test than the ACT, although many more students have been taking the ACT in the past five years.