**COVINGTON, Ga. - **Newton County SAT test takers posted mixed results in 2019.

While state and national test-takers posted decreases across the board, Newton County students posted a one-point gain in Math but declined by two points in Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing this year.

Overall, the district composite score dropped two points in 2019.

While the district as a whole had mixed results, Eastside High School increased scores across the board in 2019, posting a 16-point gain in Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing and a five-point gain in Math. This resulted in a 21-point gain on their composite score. The school’s scores also topped both their state and national peers in 2019.

Alcovy High School students posted a nine-point increase on math scores in 2019 but did drop by 5 points on Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing in 2019. Overall, the school increased its composite score by four points this year.

Newton High School saw scores dip on the SAT in 2019—posting a seven-point decrease in Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing and a four-point decrease in Math for a combined 12-point drop on the composite score this year.

The SAT is a national college entrance exam some colleges and universities utilize to measure critical thinking skills students need for academic success in college. The SAT assesses how well students analyze and solve problems. It is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors.

“Congratulations to both Alcovy and Eastside High Schools for their increased results on their SAT scores this school year,” Samantha Fuhrey, NCSS superintendent, said. “I would also like to recognize Eastside High School’s students as they outpaced both the state and the nation. Both schools’ results are a reflection of the hard work and focus that is required of our teachers and leaders."

Improving student outcomes takes a combination of high expectations of our students and staff, rigorous coursework in all grade levels, the daily utilization of highly effective teaching practices and the commitment of our students to place a high importance on their education. It is also important for students to have support from parents and family to reinforce the value of their education.

“Newton High School’s results declined this year; we are reviewing the results to identify the causes of the decreases, and we will make adjustments where necessary.”

For more information on Newton County’s 2019 SAT results, contact Dr. Allison Jordan, director of testing for Newton County Schools, at jordan.allison@newton.k12.ga.us.