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Forsyth County Schools leads metro Atlanta in 2019 SAT scores
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Forsyth County Schools students had the highest 2019 SAT score among county, large and Metro Atlanta public school districts in Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education data released on Wednesday.

Forsyth County Schools had a mean score of 1162, which was barely down from 1167 in 2018 even as 215 more students took the test (2,421) in 2019 than the previous year (2,206).

Decatur City Schools led the state with a mean score of 1177 from 275 test-takers.

Forsyth County Schools’ SAT score again exceeded both the state (1048) and national (1039) scores, and all five of the county’s high schools were among the top 50 out of 490 high schools in the state, led by Lambert (10th, 1212), South Forsyth (17th, 1187), West Forsyth (38th, 1129), Forsyth Central (47th, 1120) and North Forsyth (48th, 1118).

Forsyth Central saw the biggest improvement among local schools, jumping seven points to 1120 in 2019 from 1113 in 2018. North Forsyth’s score jumped six points to 1118 from 1112 in 2018.

The SAT is a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States graded on a scale from 400 to 1,600 with math and evidence-based reading and writing (ERW) sections.

Forsyth County had the top math mean score in the state with 577, ahead of Decatur City Schools and Catoosa County Schools (574), Oconee County Schools (569) and Fayette County School District (563).

Forsyth County had the fifth-best ERW mean score with 585, behind Decatur City Schools (603), Walker County Schools (592), Oconee County Schools and Chickamauga City Schools (588) and Catoosa County Schools (586).

“We continue to be extremely proud of the hard work of our students and staff,” Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Jeff Bearden said in statement issued by the school district. “Our mission is to prepare and inspire all learners to lead and succeed. Our schools and district cannot do this without the support of our families and the community.”