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Some county high schools see increase in SAT scores

Posted: Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Harlem High School earned a dramatic gain on its average SAT score recently while Evans High dropped considerably.

When results of the 2005 SAT scores were released Aug. 30, Harlem High gained 46 points compared to its 2004 score for a total of 953.

Principal Alan Griffin credits an SAT preparatory class first offered at the school in the spring semester.

However, Harlem's score is still well below the national and state average, 1,028 and 993 respectively, and Griffin said he won't be satisfied until his students meet those standards.

"Getting up to 953 is a real improvement, but we're still below the state and national averages," he said. "We don't want to be happy until we're scoring above those averages. That's our goal."

While Evans High posted a score higher than the state average, the school dropped 18 points from its 2004 scores for a 1,012 total.

"We don't know what caused it," Evans Principal Don Brigdon said. "We're looking into that now."

To prevent any further losses on the school SAT average, Brigdon said he will encourage students to take SAT prep classes, seek out tutoring and improve classroom attendance.

Greenbrier High School improved by one point compared to last year for a 1,010 score. Lakeside High School smashed both the national and state average as well as improving on their 2004 score by 18 points with an 1,104 SAT score.


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