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College Board release SAT scores

JONESBORO — Clayton County students continue to perform below the state average on the SAT college entrance exam, according to data released this week by the College Board.

Clayton students who took the SAT scored an average 1,271 out of 2,400 points, compared to the statewide average of 1,452 and the 1,498 national average.

State officials said scores from this year’s graduating seniors held steady with an increase in critical reading by two points and a decrease in math by two points. There was no change in the writing score of 468.

Officials pointed out that states and districts with higher participation rates typically see lower average scores on the test and often see dips when the number of students taking the exam increases.

The College Board reported 1,279 Clayton students took the exam. And more than 72,000 Georgia students, or 75 percent of this year’s seniors, took the SAT compared to 43 percent nationwide, giving Georgia the ninth highest statewide participation rate.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said he is glad to see students maintain their performance levels on the SAT.

“While we didn’t see the same gains this year that we did in 2012, I am proud that our students held their ground on the SAT,” said Barge. “We expect to see even better scores in the coming years as students become more engaged in their high school classes under our Career Pathways/Clusters initiative.”