Seniors at a private parochial school in south Forsyth recorded an average score on the 2016 SAT exam, a college entrance test, higher than any local public high school, according to numbers compiled by school officials.
A total of 50 students at Pinecrest Academy on Peachtree Parkway took 107 SAT tests earlier this year, earning an average composite score of 1746.
“As evidenced by Pinecrest’s 2014 Blue Ribbon selection, our students have traditionally achieved great success on standardized testing at all grade levels,” said Ed Lindekugel, headmaster at Pinecrest. “This year’s high school SAT and ACT scores are no exception.”
A total of 46 students took 118 ACT tests for a composite score of 26.2.
Lindekugel said that while standardized testing is necessary, “particularly in the college admissions process, Pinecrest strives to emphasize joyful instruction. Our goal is to generate a genuine interest and love for learning in our students, utilizing standardized testing meaningfully and appropriately to support those efforts.”
“ACT and SAT tests are one piece of the puzzle when looking at students’ futures,” said Amy Herbert, college counselor and 11th and 12th grade academic advisor for the upper school. “As a college counselor, I can use the segmented scores to guide students to a major/career that fits their strengths and abilities.”
South Forsyth High School, which is only about a mile away from Pinecrest, earned an average of 1645 on the SAT, followed by Lambert High School’s 1627.
More than 2,000 public school students in Forsyth County took the exam in 2016 and earned both the highest average score in metro-Atlanta and the top score in Georgia for public school districts that tested more than 340 students.
Statewide, 69,922 students took the SAT in 2016, which featured a redesign and different scoring system that students had the option of taking.
Georgia students increased their scores on every section of the traditional SAT and outperformed the national average on the new test.
The new test scores students in evidence-based reading and writing, or ERW, and math, as opposed to the traditional three sections of critical reading, math and writing.
The College Board redesigned the SAT to make it more “straightforward and connected to classroom learning. Some of the changes reflected in the new SAT include removing the guessing penalty, focusing on words students will use in college and careers and making the essay optional.”
“More test-takers completed the new SAT from March through June of this year than took the old SAT during the same period in 2015,” according to The College Board, which administers the exam.
This year’s new SAT cannot be compared to that of previous years because they each have different assessment rubrics and scales.
According to the Georgia Department of Education, The College Board did not report school or district results to the state for the new SAT “due to the number of students who participated.”