Elkin averages higher on SAT than state, U.S.

Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter

September 30, 2013

As many students begin choosing the state-mandated ACT test for their college entrance exam, many Elkin students are still taking and scoring well on the SAT.

Scores are up all across the state in fact.

The College Board confirmed the trend with a press release Thursday, Sept. 26. The organization’s annual SAT report showed N.C. seniors had increased their average score by ten to 1479 since last year.

Nationally the average stayed the same at a score of 1498.

Elkin students on the other hand scored an average of 1504, 25 points higher than the state and six higher than the nation.

“Elkin City Schools continues to prepare all students for academic success through rigorous and well developed strategies that focus on mastering the core concepts of mathematics, writing and reading,” Shelia Settle said.

Settle is the Testing and Accountability Director for Elkin City Schools.

Principal Joel Hoyle of Elkin High said the scores weren’t a fluke.

“The scores are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff at Elkin High School,” Hoyle said. “I am very proud of the performance of our students on the SAT.”

Elkin’s average SAT score is up 32 points since last year.

According to a press release from Elkin City Schools the score of 1504 is 37.84 points above the local school systems combined SAT average of 1466.

From 2011 to 2013 Elkin City Schools participation rate for the SAT has decreased 25.6 percent - from 55 students to 35 students.

The decline in participation is contributed to the state mandate for all junior class members to take the ACT.

ACT scores will be included as a part of the new accountability model for all NC high schools.

Colleges and universities across the nation accept both the SAT and ACT scores for college applicants.

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