Fayette students chart some of state’s highest SAT scores


The 2018 SAT scores are in, showing Fayette County students with the second highest scores in metro Atlanta.

School system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said Fayette County’s public school students outperformed both the state and the nation on the 2018 SAT, according to results released by the College Board.

“Students posted a mean score of 1,142, an increase of 23 points over last year’s mean score of 1,119,” Berry-Dreisbach said. “The school system also beat the state’s mean score of 1,054 and the national mean of 1,049 by 88 and 93 points, respectively.”

Berry-Dreisbach said Fayette had the second highest mean score in the state and metro Atlanta when compared to school systems with more than 1,000 test takers.

“In a comparative breakdown of the mean score, Fayette had an evidence-based reading and writing (ERW) mean of 577 with the state posting a 537 mean and the nation a 529 mean. In math, Fayette had a mean of 565 compared to the state’s mean of 517 and the nation’s mean of 520,” said Berry-Dreisbach.

Out of the 394 Georgia high schools with 2018 SAT scores, Fayette’s schools are in the top 22 percent in the state with the highest mean scores, Berry-Dreisbach said.

McIntosh High came in 10th statewide with a mean score of 1,210 (ERW 604 and math 605); Starr’s Mill High was 17th with a mean score of 1,172 (ERW 592 and math 580); Whitewater High was 32nd with a mean score of 1,134 (ERW 577 and math 557); Sandy Creek High was 56th with a mean score of 1,091 (ERW 551 and math 540); and Fayette County High was 87th with a mean score of 1,053 (ERW 538 and math 516).

While all schools increased their mean scores, Starr’s Mill High had the largest jump, 30 points above last year’s mean score of 1,142. Whitewater saw an 18 point increase, followed by Fayette County High with a 14 point jump, Sandy Creek High with an 11 point increase, and McIntosh High posting eight points over last year’s mean score, Berry-Dreisbach explained.