These high schools have the best SAT scores in Georgia

Are Georgia students getting any better at critical college entrance exams? These SAT scores indicate that yes, they are.

Georgia’s overall combined mean score is 1450, a five-point increase since 2014.

Despite the increase, the state still lags behind the national mean score, which was 1490 in 2015.

That puts Georgia at No. 44 among U.S. states, according to data released by the College Board, which administers the SAT. The highest possible score is 2400.

» Explore The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's interactive guide to Georgia schools here

Georgia typically has one of the highest participation rates in the country, but ranks near the bottom on SAT scores, according to previous coverage by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. College Board discourages comparisons because of varying participation rates.

Georgia schools with the highest mean 2015 SAT scores

1. Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology, Lawrenceville. 2015 average score: 1834

2. Northview High School, Johns Creek. 2015 average score: 1703

3. Columbus High School, Columbus. 2015 average score: 1695

4. Walton High School, Marietta. 2015 average score: 1692

5. Davidson Magnet School, Augusta. 2015 average score: 1680

6. DeKalb School of the Arts, Avondale Estates. 2015 average score: 1673

7. Savannah Arts Academy, Savannah. 2015 average score: 1668

8. North Gwinnett High School, Suwanee. 2015 average score: 1629

9. Lassiter High School, Marietta. 2015 average score: 1628

10. Pope High School, Marietta. 2015 average score: 1626

While it remained the highest-scoring school in Georgia, the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology's mean score fell 14 points short of 2014's mean score.

The school also made a key change to its admission requirements earlier this year.

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A recent study by the  National Association for College Admissions Counseling questioned how colleges weigh standardized entrance exams like the SAT. 

Half of responding institutions said that test scores were considerably important for admission. However, many colleges agreed that high school GPA was the best predictor of college academic achievement, according to the survey.

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