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Local students improve on SAT

Georgia has improved its national SAT ranking, and Thomson High School is climbing with the best of them.

In an Aug. 29 press release, Governor Sonny Perdue and State School Superintendent Kathy Cox announced that Georgia moved up from last place to number 46 among all the states.

"For too long, our rank overshadowed the truth - that Georgia has some of the best teachers and brightest students in the country," Superintendent Cox said in the announcement. "Today's results are just another example of the great work that is going on in Georgia's classrooms."

The SAT is an entrance exam to post-secondary schools, and is used as a predictor of how well the student will do in college, according to Lynn Cato, assistant principal of THS. The highest possible score on the SAT is 2400. Thomson High students scored an average of 1416 on the test.

"As a matter of fact, THS did improve its SAT scores," Ms. Cato said. "The average combined reading and math score was actually about five points higher than last year's verbal and math total average score."

The group with the largest increase was the technology/career preparatory seal students at THS, who increased their average score more than 140 points, according to Ms. Cato.

The new SAT has a writing section in which students have 25 minutes to write a previously unseen prompt, content taught in Algebra II, and more reading comprehension passages.

Students at THS are offered SAT prep courses during the school day, and SAT style questions are used in higher math and English courses. The state pays for all students in public, private, and home schools to access the College Board's SAT prep on-line course. For more information, visit the Georgia Department of Education website at

Web posted on Thursday, September 14, 2006

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