WUFT News

SAT scores in Alachua County second-highest in state

By on October 5th, 2012

Students in the Alachua County Public School district earned the second-highest SAT scores in the state this year.

The average total score in the county was 1594, above both the 1460 state score average and the national 1498 average, according to a report from the College Board, which administers the college readiness exam.

This year, 871 Alachua County seniors, or about 44 percent of the district’s students, took the test.

Last year, 847 students took the exam, and Alachua County students ranked third in the state behind smaller counties with fewer test takers.

“Our philosophy is to encourage more students to challenge themselves through advanced courses and college-level exams like the SAT, the ACT and Advance Placement,” said Sandy Hollinger, the district’s deputy superintendent for instruction and student services, in a Alachua County Public Schools release.

“We find that many students will rise to that challenge and as a restful are better prepared for high education,” she said.

Students in Washington County, whose eight test takers represented 4 percent of its graduating seniors, had the highest overall score, according to the release.

The SAT exam consists of reading, math and writing sections.

According to the release, Alachua County students’ average scores in all three categories were higher than statewide and nationwide scores.

Alachua County’s average scores were 535 in reading, 539 in math and 520 writing.

Florida scores were 492 in reading, 492 in math and 476 in writing.

The national scores were 496, 514 and 488, respectively.


This entry was posted in Education and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Education

Tony Malo reviews "Beyond Thought," one of his students' films in his classroom on May 21. His class has just finished their end-of-the-year projects.

Gainesville High Teacher Cultivates Student Creativity

Gainesville High School teacher Tony Malo uses unique teaching and disciplinary methods to prepare students for the workforce and empower them to be self-motivated while learning to collaborate in groups. He believes his experiential learning methods are more effective than teaching for standardized tests.


The computers in the media center at A.L. Mebane Middle School in Alachua are being equipped with the Fast ForWord learning program. The computer-based program is a part of Superintendent Owen Roberts' language development initiative.

Dollar General Awards Three Local Schools $135,000 For Fast ForWord

On Wednesday, Alachua Elementary School, W.W. Irby Elementary School and A.L. Mebane Middle School were awarded $135,000 by Dollar General to fund Fast ForWord, a program designed to improve language and reading competency in students. This is part of a five-year language development initiative to implement the program in all elementary schools in Alachua County.


CFX8zb6WAAAbh3T

Alachua County Schools Receive $1.2 Million

Gov. Rick Scott awarded a $1,277,312 check to 20 Alachua County schools Tuesday at Stephen Foster Elementary School. The money is part of the Florida School Recognition Program which is giving $124 million to schools statewide.


A file photograph showing textbooks and empty student desks inside an Atlanta, Georgia school.

Community Leaders Sign Education Compact

Community, business, government and education leaders signed a compact aiming to improve educational outcomes and opportunities for students in Alachua County through collaborative efforts. The compact was signed on Monday by 21 people.


Debbie Powell consoles her grandchildren in wake of the decision.

Alachua County School Board Passes Rezoning Plan That Will Dissolve Waldo Community School

The Alachua County School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to consolidate Waldo Community School with Shell Elementary School. The decision marks the end of a hard fought battle for Waldo to keep its school.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments