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Forsyth County high schools lead state in SAT scores
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Forsyth County Schools high school students have earned the highest SAT score in Georgia, according to data released Wednesday by officials.

The district’s mean score of 1167 was just ahead of Oconee County Schools (1163) and Decatur City Schools (1162) for students graduating in 2018. Walker County Schools (1150) and Buford City Schools (1142) rounded out the top five.

The SAT is a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States. A perfect score is a 1600, or 800 on each of the test’s math and reading/writing sections.

The district’s mean score improved by 21 points in 2018 – from 1146 to 1167 – and exceeded both state (1054) and national (1049) scores.

In addition, 2018 FCS seniors led the state on the math section with a mean score of 578. The district’s mean score on the reading/writing section of 589 was third-best, behind Decatur City Schools (599) and Oconee County Schools (590).

Three of the district’s five high schools are among the top 30 in the state with the highest SAT scores in Lambert (No. 7), South Forsyth (No. 13) and West Forsyth (No. 29).

“We are extremely proud of our students and staff, and congratulate them on this outstanding accomplishment,” Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Jeff Bearden said in a press release. “Our community has continually supported our work to prepare and inspire all learners to lead and succeed. We are dedicated to instilling the attributes of our Learner Profile in every individual student that enters our schools.”

The 2018 SAT was the first chance to make an equal comparison of results from a previous year after the test reset its score scale in 2017. Four of the district’s five schools improved their SAT scores from 2017 to 2018.