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Governor announces SAT program

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Gov. Sonny Perdue on Monday announced the details of his new SAT competition, the Governor's Cup which he said is a statewide program aimed at improving SAT scores.

"I promised the people of Georgia I would not settle for having SAT scores that rank 50th in the nation because we all know that our education system is better than what these scores reflect," Perdue said. "However, we also know that our education system does need improvement, and this competition will take us further down the path toward educational success."

The Governor's Cup challenge will be based on high school athletic regions and classifications previously assigned by the Georgia High School Association. A Regional Champion trophy and $1,000 grant will be awarded to the 40 high schools that have the largest numerical improvement in SAT scores in their region over the next academic year. Regional winners will advance to the class competition.

Each of the five high schools that win their respective classes will be awarded a Governor's Cup trophy and receive a $2,000 grant. In addition, the five class champions will be featured on a television program that will highlight the unique strategies used to improve their SAT scores. Students taking the test from the five class winning high schools will also receive tickets to an Atlanta Braves baseball game at Turner Field.

Turner Broadcasting is the primary sponsor of the competition and will be funding the regional and class grants, which will be used for SAT preparation classes and materials. Turner is donating an SAT Preparation CD-ROM to each high school in the competition.

For more information on the Governor's Cup, please see www.SATrocks.com. Rules for the Governor's Cup are attached.