The state Department of Public Instruction on Friday, Nov.1, released the 2017 statewide average Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) test averages.
Johnston County Public Schools spokesperson Tracey Peedin Jones said the 2017 averages for North Johnston, Princeton and Smithfield-Selma high schools are not comparable to past averages because the exam was revised this year.
These new college-readiness assessments will more closely align with Common Core State Standards and it will more closely resemble the American College Training (ACT) exam.
The redesigned SAT is focusing significantly more on Algebra than are the other two tests. It is also increasing its focus on word problems, reporting the highest average “words per math item” on the three tests.
Finally, it is featuring a nearly equal ratio of contextual (“real world”) math problems to conceptual math problems; the other two tests more heavily focus on conceptual questions.
At North Johnston High School, the number tested was 52, the percentage of students tested was 26.9 percent, the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) average was 519 and the math average was 529, a total average of 1,048.
At Princeton High School, the number tested were 40, the percentage of students test was 34.8 percent, the ERW average was 543 and the math average was 515, a total average of 1,058.
At Smithfield-Selma High School, the number test was 81, the percentage of students tested was 31.6, the ERW average was 517 and the math average was 498, a total average of 1,015.