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The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has released Scholastic Aptitude Test results for North Carolina public schools.
SAT average scores for 2017 are not comparable to scores from previous years because the newest results reflect scores for students taken on a revised exam.
Wilson County’s public schools can still be compared against the state and national averages for the current year.
The 2017 SAT scores were published on Nov. 1.
Wilson County Schools had 368 students take the SAT in 2017. District-wide, the combined average score was 1034, which included 524 for the evidence-based reading and writing, or ERW, portion of the test and 510 for the math portion.
Wilson County Schools students noted a slightly lower score than the national average on the test, which was 1044 for the combined average, 527 for the ERW portion and 517 for the math portion.
Statewide averages for North Carolina public school students were also higher than Wilson County Schools, with the state combined average at 1074, ERW at 542 and math at 532.
On the individual school level for Wilson County’s results were as follows.
Students at Hunt High School scored the highest, with 1054 for a combined average, 535 on the ERW portion and 519 on the math portion.
Fike High School students taking the test scored a combined average of 1039 with 527 on the ERW portion and 512 on the math portion.
Beddingfield High School students scored a combined average of 974, with 488 on ERW and 486 on math.
Wilson Early College Academy students scored a combine average of 1036, with 526 on ERW and 511 on math.
SAT tests are widely used by universities and colleges as a means of assessing a student along with grade point averages.
Advanced Placement reports from 115 public school systems were also released along with SAT data.
AP exams are an added assessment of a student’s academic capabilities. An increasing number of colleges and universities give credit to high school students for their proficiency in Advanced Placement coursework.
The AP exam grades are in five levels, 5 for extremely well qualified, 4 for well qualified, 3 for qualified, 2 for possibly qualified and 1 for no recommendation.
Colleges and universities will grant credit for scores of 3, 4 and 5.
In 2017, North Carolina had 74,196 AP test-takers. Of those test-takers, 40,283, or 54.3 percent, scored a 3 or better on the exam. Because some students take the exam more than once, likely to improve their score, there is a higher number of exams taken than test-takers. In North Carolina ,there were 138,797 exams taken in 2017. Of those exams, 71,540, or 51.5 percent, scored a 3 or higher.
In 2017, Wilson County had 309 test takers. Of those test takers, 112, or 36.2 percent scored 3 or higher. In Wilson County in 2017, 475 exams were taken. Of those exams, 157, or 33.1 percent, scored 3 or higher.
On the individual school level in 2017, Fike High School had 156 test-takers. Of those test-takers, 59, or 37.8 percent, had a score of 3 or higher. Fike had 251 exams taken in 2017. Of those exams, 86, or 34.3 percent, had scores of 3 or higher. Fike had a participation rate of 13 percent,
In 2017, Hunt High School had 124 test-takers. Forty-seven, or 37.9 percent, scored 3 or higher. Hunt had 190 exams taken in 2017. Of those exams, 65, or 34.2 scored 3 or higher. Hunt had a participation rate of 9.4 percent.
In 2017, Beddingfield High School had 29 test-takers. Six, or 20.7 percent, scored 3 or higher. Beddingfield had 34 exams taken in 2017. Of those exams, six, or 17.6 percent, had scored of 3 or better. Beddingfield had a participation rate of 3.6 percent.
Looking back over the last three years, overall, Wilson County Schools has improved the scores of AP test-takers making a 3 or above, going from 30.1 in 2015 and 35.6 in 2016 to 36.2 in 2017.
The number of test-takers was 309 in both 2015 and 2017. In 2016, there were 312 test takers.