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How did Fulton schools do this year on SAT and AP exams?

Fulton County Schools on Tuesday announced results at the school-by-school level of scores for the SAT and AP exams.

The College Board released SAT results Tuesday showing that Fulton students at seven schools increased their average scores over the prior year.

SAT

The average total scores in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and math sections went down five points to 1086 from 1091 in 2018 on the SAT college entrance exam.

The total number of Fulton students who took the exam in 2019 was 5,430, up a hair from 5,411 in 2018. And the percent of graduates who took the SAT decreased a tad from 78.7% in 2018 to 77.1% in 2019.


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“While Fulton’s academic progress continues to shine above the state and nation, there is work to be done to ensure our academic growth is reflected across all schools,” Superintendent Mike Looney said in a news release.

Remember: This is the third year of the newly designed SAT,  which has two sections (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math) totaling 2400 compared to the previous SAT that had three sections (critical reading, writing and math) with a score of 1600. Both versions have an optional essay. 

Click photo below for stats by school:

This is a look at the average SAT scores in Fulton County from 2018 and 2019 broken down by school.
Photo: Fulton County Schools

Advanced Placement

The College Board administers AP exams each spring. Scores range from one to five.

High scores on the exams get students an opportunity to earn college credit and skip introductory college courses. It varies, but credit usually comes from scores of three or higher. 

The number of scores three or higher increased 1.1% from 70.3% in 2018 to 71.4 percent in 2019.


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The number of AP exams taken by Fulton County Schools students decreased this year, from 20,150 to 19,153.

About 10,000 Fulton students this year took the 19,153 exams. 

“These curriculum opportunities help prepare our college-bound students for more academic success,” Looney said in the news release.

Here’s a sense of which AP exams students took this year and how they did:

• Of the 2,078 students who took the “English Language and Composition” exam, 69% got a score of three or above.

• Of the 1,657 students who took the “World History” exam, 72% got a score of three or above.

• Of the 1,369 students who took the “United States Government and Politics” exam, 62% got a score of three or above.

• Of the 1,306 students who took the “United States History” exam, 59% got a score of three or above.

• Of the 1,125 students who took the “Psychology” exam, 79% got a score of three or above.

• Of the 1,031 students who took the “Macroeconomics” exam, 75% got a score of three or above.

Click photo below for stats by school:

This is a look at the AP scores in Fulton County from 2017, 2018 and 2019 broken down by school.
Photo: Fulton County Schools

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