With the added writing portion, the new SATs have a total possible score of 2400. Previously, 1600 was a perfect score on the tests.
Georgia’s overall score was 1477, which was lower than the national average of 1518.
The state remained last in math, with an average of 496 out of a possible 800. The state’s score on the verbal portion of the test — now known as critical reading — fell three points to 494 of a possible 800.
Pennsylvania, Florida and South Carolina all scored lower than Georgia on the new test, with Hawaii pulling up the rear, according to results released by the College Board, overseer of the powerful college admissions exam.
The state’s higher ranking is sure to cheer politicians and educators who have long lamented the state’s low standing on the prestigious test.
Sure to be a boost for Kathy Cox…..and Governor Perdue.
More from Governor Perdue’s press release:
Georgia’s African-American students outscored their peers across the nation, scoring an average of 1,293 on the test, ranking 34th in the nation and two points higher than the national average for African-American students. Georgia’s Hispanic students also showed improved performance with an average score of 1,419, ranking 34th in the nation and averaging 48 points higher than the national average for Hispanic students. Georgia continues to have one of the smallest achievement gaps among student subgroups in the nation.