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Fulton County Dominates SAT with Six Schools in Top 25
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ATLANTA -- Fulton County's statewide dominance of the SAT continues this year, with more than a third of its high schools scoring within the top 25 in the state.

In addition, reports from the College Board show that Northview High School has the highest SAT score in Georgia among schools with large numbers of test-takers.

* Northview High School, Duluth -- 1728 (no. 3)
* Alpharetta High School -- 1719 (no. 5)
* Chattahoochee High School, Alpharetta -- 1687 (no. 9)
* Milton High School -- 1650 (no. 17)
* Riverwood International Charter School, Sandy Springs -- 1640 (no. 18)
* Roswell High School -- 1627 (no. 21)

While Northview technically ranks third in the state, the two higher-scoring schools had only seven and 20 students, respectively, taking the test. By comparison, 596 Northview students took the SAT in 2010.

"I'm pleased to see that our high school students repeatedly do well on the SAT. Six of our schools are the highest-scoring in the state, the most of any school system," said Superintendent Cindy Loe. "Fulton's high SAT scores show that our teachers are preparing students for the rigors of college and for life beyond high school."

Fulton County's total score of 1580 is 36 points higher than the state average in reading, 47 points higher in math and 44 points higher in writing -- a total of 127 points higher than the state's overall average. Fulton students also surpassed their national peers by 23 points in reading, 21 points in math and 27 points in writing, for an overall total of 71 points above the national average.

Reading and math scores held steady in Fulton, but 2010 writing scores fell by four points. The state's writing scores also fell seven points, and the national score remained the same.

However, participation rates remain high, with 85% of Fulton's 2010 graduating class taking the test -- an increase of 10% from 2009. In Georgia, 74% of the Class of 2010 took the exam, and 47% took it nationally.

In recent years, Fulton has seen a trend of students taking both the SAT and the ACT for college entrance, with the 2010 ACT participation rising to 54%.

Although Fulton's overall score dipped slightly, four schools had increases in their total scores:

* Banneker High School, College Park -- 34 points
* Alpharetta High School -- 33 points
* Chattahoochee High School -- 9 points
* Northview High School -- 6 points

Bannker's principal, Will Bradley, said students are being encouraged to take more challenging classes and that it has helped with the rigor of the SAT. "We also provided extra support in mathematics last year, and it is our goal to do so in mathematics and literacy each year," Bradley said. "We would like to see a trend of annual increases develop."

Banneker also hosted a visit from Georgia Haygood McSwain, AP/PSAT/SAT/ACT program specialist with the Georgia Department of Education's Office of Standards, Instruction and Assessment. A former Banneker department chair, McSwain helped teachers learn more about testing tools for students, including the College Board's online SAT prep tutorials.

In addition to the four schools, two nontraditional school (TEACH Charter and Independence High School) showed gains. Both have smaller numbers of students taking the test but posted impressive score increases in 2010.

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