South Carolina’s latest high school graduates scored better than their peers nationally on the SAT college-entrance exam last spring. It was the first time in at least six years – since 2011 – that S.C. students scored above the national average.
Statewide, 46 percent of the S.C. Class of 2017 – or 19,605 public school students – took the SAT last school year, averaging a score of 1,058 out of a possible 1,600 points.
South Carolina’s 2017 scores are 14 points higher than the national average of 1,044 points for public school students who took the test, the S.C. Department of Education said Tuesday.
Students in two Midlands districts – Lexington 1 and Lexington-Richland 5 – scored higher than statewide and national averages.
Last year, when the SAT had a different scoring system, S.C. students scored 1,446 on average out of a possible 2,400 points, falling short of the 1,484 points that students averaged nationally.
“Our continued success on these rigorous college and career-readiness assessments is the result of the hard work and preparation of our students, parents and educators,” state Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said in a news release.
This year, S.C. students taking the SAT did best on the reading and writing portion of the test, scoring an average of 539 points, above the national average. However, S.C. students fell below the national average on the math portion of the test, scoring 518, slightly below students nationally.
Midlands SAT scores
How Midlands seniors performed on the SAT college-entrance exam, by district, out of a possible score of 1,600:
Kershaw: 279 students scored an average of 1,040
Lexington 1: 778 students scored an average of 1,087
Lexington 2: 158 students scored an average of 1,035
Lexington 3: 58 students scored an average of 994
Lexington 4: 52 students scored an average of 1,000
Lexington-Richland 5: 783 students scored an average of 1,115
Richland 1: 547 students scored an average of 1,017
Richland 2: 1,083 students scored an average of 1,031
SOURCE: College Board 2017 SAT scores