DATE:                   September 25, 2012
CONTACT:           Phil Giaramita, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Officer
PHONE:                434-972-4049
 
Albemarle County Students Among Best in State on SAT Test Scores
 
(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – Albemarle County Public Schools students are among the top three percent of all students in Virginia according to the latest Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) results from the Virginia Department of Education. Based on 2012 test scores, high school students in Albemarle County Public Schools had a mean average score of 553 on the critical reading test, which was the second highest score among the state’s 131 public school divisions. On two other tests, math and writing, the scores were 557 and 537, respectively, which were the third highest among all school divisions in Virginia.
 
“Our high school students and their teachers deserve the credit for these extraordinary accomplishments,” said the division’s Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning, Dr. Billy Haun. “These test results have been fairly consistent over the past several years, and they reflect not only the hard work of our students, but also their eagerness to expand their knowledge through advanced study classes, their ability to develop critical thinking skills, and their interest in project-based learning.”
 
The mean test scores for Albemarle County students were eight to ten percent better than state and national averages. Across Virginia, mean SAT test scores were 512 in critical reading, 512 in math, and 497 in writing. Nationally, the mean scores were 501 in critical reading, 516 in math, and 492 in writing.
 
“Among the most important responsibilities we have as educators is to prepare students for post-graduate success in college, in the workforce and as citizens. The SAT test scores are one measure of how we are doing in meeting those responsibilities,” Dr. Haun said. “Looking forward, it also is imperative that we concentrate on developing 21st century leadership skills among all students. That means fewer multiple-choice tests and more focus on research and problem-solving abilities.”
 
An example of this approach is to add the “4 Cs,” collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity skills, for students to the traditional “3 Rs.” The division currently is piloting a new learning assessment approach to measure progress in these skills and share best practices across the division, Dr. Haun added.
 
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