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Schools boast improvement on SATs

North Lincoln, West Lincoln, Lincoln Charter post decline; Changes in test reporting may be muddying real picture

Staff Writer

SAT scores at East Lincoln High School and Lincolnton High School improved in every area tested in 2011 according to scores released Friday by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Other schools had more mixed results.

The report indicates that Lincoln County Schools’ students scored an average of 1447 on the combined score of mathematics, critical reading and mathematics.

The results are based on the most recent scores of students in the class of 2011 who took the SAT through June 2011 and are not based on the highest score.

According to the entire state report on the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s website, Lincoln County Schools performed better than neighboring Cleveland and Gaston county schools, which had composite scores of 1421 and 1430 respectively. Catawba and Charlotte-Mecklenburg had higher composite scores of 1469 and 1482, and Lincoln Charter Schools had average scores of 1474, down 29 points from 2010.

The average total score rose 55 points at East Lincoln High, 13 points at Lincolnton High, dropped 39 points at North Lincoln and dropped 10 points at West Lincoln.

West Lincoln High’s participation rate rose from 37.5 percent in 2010 to 58.6 percent in 2011. West Lincoln High’s scores decreased slightly in each tested area except math, which remained constant at a score of 498.

The report also shows that scores for both East Lincoln and North Lincoln exceeded the national and state averages in the math component of the exam.

Additionally, the number of students taking the college entrance exam rose by 6.6 percent, from 51.1 percent in 2010 to 58.7 percent in 2011.

The above figures are based on raw scores available from the N.C. Department of Public Instructions’ website. However, because the College Board changed its rules for reporting SAT scores in 2011, only 2011 SAT results are reported for districts and high schools.

Scores reported by the College Board in 2011 included all test-takers through June, and are therefore not comparable with released district and schools’ scores from previous years.

“We are pleased that individual schools have made improvements in either participation rate, total score, and/or in the individual tested areas,” said Sherry Hoyle, Lincoln County Schools Superintendent.

“We will continue to address SAT preparation in our schools as we seek ways to promote and enhance academic rigor throughout the curriculum. We want to ensure our students are prepared for post-secondary education.”

The average scores at each of Lincoln County’s high schools were:

  • East Lincoln 1458

  • Lincolnton 1414

  • North Lincoln 1502

  • West Lincoln 1384

  • Lincoln Charter 1474

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