While Atlanta Public Schools saw an increase in SAT scores from 2013, the Fulton district held steady and DeKalb scores dropped.

District-wide APS combined scores from the writing, math and reading tests increased to 1343 from 1335.

Fulton scores held steady at 1567. “Our district’s overall score stayed constant this year, but most of our high schools saw increases,” Fulton Superintendent Robert Avossa said in a press release.

That did not include Sandy Springs schools, as North Springs dropped to 1519 from 1546, and Riverwood dropped to 1540 from 1557.

DeKalb scores overall dropped to 1228 in 2014 from 1341 in 2013, while the three public high schools serving Brookhaven and Dunwoody children also saw drops.

The DeKalb school system attributed that drop to an initiative to include all juniors in the test, which resulted in a 45 percent increase in those taking the SAT.

“The extraordinary increase in students taking the SAT test was a direct result of the SAT School Day Program, an initiative approved on Dec. 10, 2102, by the previous Board of Education,” read a statement from the system.

State Superintendent John Barge also attributed a slight statewide drop in scores to more students taking the test.

“Do we want to see scores go up every year? Absolutely,” he said in a press release. “However, we know that as more Georgia students take the SAT, we will sometimes see slight decreases. The measures are in place to better prepare students for college and 21st-century careers, and by extension, the SAT. The gains in scores will come.”

SAT Composite Scores* for 2014 & 2013

Composite Scores           2014       2013

APS District                      1343       1335

North Atlanta High              1495        1441

DeKalb District               1228       1341

Chamblee High                     1501         1619

Cross Keys High                   1130         1299

Dunwoody High                   1434        1540

Fulton District                 1567       1567

North Springs High              1519        1546

Riverwood High                    1540       1557

Composite scores are a total of critical reading, math and writing scores.

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