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Gwinnett SAT results continue to top state, national averages

September 17, 2021

     Gwinnett County Public Schools released SAT scores for the Class of 2021 showing that Gwinnett test-takers continue the trend of outperforming their peers in Georgia and the nation. Gwinnett’s average on the SAT topped state and national averages on both sections (Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing and Math) of the test. Gwinnett’s average score of 1132 was 94 points higher than the national average and 55 points higher than the state’s score of 1077. The district’s average on the SAT did increase, as did scores at the state and national levels.

     “As we review these SAT scores there are so many reasons to be proud,” says Superintendent Calvin J. Watts. “And, while we are glad to see our scores continue to rise, there is a far greater story here that speaks to our district’s focus on increasing student achievement, the commitment of our teachers to ensure students are learning and prepared for their futures, and the perseverance and determination of students who endured a very different learning environment than any class before them.”

Gwinnett SAT Highlights

  • Gwinnett’s average composite score on the SAT is 1132, a combination of the average Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) score of 567 and the average Mathematics score of 565. (Possible scores range from 200 to 800 on each section. The highest possible composite score is 1600.) 
  • Gwinnett’s total SAT average is 94 points above the national average of 1038. 
  • Gwinnett’s average is 55 points above the Georgia average of 1077.
  • In Gwinnett, 5,430 students participated in this past year’s test, a decrease from the 8,166 students in the Class of 2020. The decrease in participation is understandable given the COVID-19 pandemic and changes in some postsecondary admission requirements.
  • The SAT scores for 21 GCPS high schools increased.

Equity and Student Group Performance

     This year’s SAT results provided positive news in terms of equity and achievement by different student groups. In particular, mean scores for all student groups increased and higher percentages of students in the Class of 2021 met the College and Career Readiness Benchmarks compared to their peers in the Class of 2020. (Both the Math and ERW sections of the SAT have an associated set of College and Career Readiness benchmarks.

     Students meeting these benchmarks have a 75% chance of earning at least a C in first-semester, credit-bearing college level courses in math, history, literature, social science, or writing.)

     Black students in Gwinnett’s Class of 2021 earned a mean composite score of 1058, up from 1028 for the Class of 2020. With a mean composite score of 1221, the Asian student group also saw a 30-point increase. Hispanic students in the Class of 2021 had a mean composite score of 1072, an increase of 26 points from their peers in the Class of 2020. And White students posted a mean score of 1173, a 14-point increase from 2020.

     Overall, Gwinnett’s Class of 2021 College and Career Readiness Benchmark scores increased from those posted by students in the Class of 2020. Sixty-two percent of students in the Class of 2021, who took the SAT, met both the Math and ERW benchmark, up from 54% the previous year. In looking at the sections separately, 82% of Gwinnett students met the ERW benchmark in 2021, compared to 79% the previous year. Those meeting the Math benchmark increased from 56% to 65% for the Class of 2021.

     The Asian student group increased the percentage of students reaching the benchmarks in all areas, with 78% meeting the benchmark in both ERW and Math, 87% meeting the ERW benchmark, and 82% meeting the Math Benchmark. Black students improved their College and Career Readiness Benchmark scores with 44% of Black students meeting both benchmarks in ERW and Math, up from 37% in 2020. On the ERW section, the percentage of Black students meeting the benchmark increased from 69% (2020) to 72% (2021), while the Math benchmark scores increased from 39% to 47%. For Hispanic students, the percentage of students meeting both benchmarks increased from 42% in 2020 to 50% in 2021. The percentage of Hispanic students meeting the ERW benchmark increased from 72% to 74%; while the percentage meeting the Math benchmark increased from 44% to 53%. The White student group saw increases in the percentage meeting both benchmarks (74% in 2021 compared to 70% in 2020), along with those meeting the ERW benchmark (91% in 2021 compared to 90% in 2020) and the Math benchmark (76% in 2021 compared to 72% in 2020).

GCPS Graduating Class Cohort Scores and College and Career Readiness Benchmarks

     Individual school results and system results are found below. Individual school averages can be greatly affected by the unique characteristics of each year’s test-takers.

Gwinnett County Public Schools

SAT Graduating Class Cohort Scores

 

2019

2020

2021

 

ERW

Math

Total

ERW

Math

Total

ERW

Math

Total

Archer

546

531

1077

553

538

1091

563

543

1105

Berkmar

501

501

1002

516

510

1026

524

525

1049

Brookwood

573

576

1149

573

570

1143

576

576

1152

Central Gwinnett

510

495

1006

508

496

1004

523

521

1044

Collins Hill

556

566

1122

551

555

1105

556

559

1114

Dacula

541

538

1079

534

528

1062

540

542

1082

Discovery

505

495

1001

517

503

1020

537

528

1065

Duluth

551

556

1107

550

552

1102

554

569

1123

Grayson

541

529

1071

538

522

1060

560

550

1110

GOC

585

575

1161

583

562

1145

564

556

1120

GSMST

675

701

1375

668

693

1361

677

700

1378

Lanier

548

529

1077

543

530

1073

562

546

1108

McClure Health Science

*

*

*

464

467

931

555

526

1081

Meadowcreek

486

487

973

496

496

992

490

502

992

Mill Creek

568

563

1130

569

562

1131

570

571

1141

Mountain View

564

551

1115

554

551

1105

573

567

1140

Norcross

531

524

1055

537

527

1065

567

560

1126

North Gwinnett

595

613

1208

594

601

1195

601

609

1210

Parkview

559

559

1118

561

555

1116

571

571

1142

Paul Duke STEM

*

*

*

546

529

1076

571

561

1132

Peachtree Ridge

567

565

1132

569

560

1129

576

579

1155

Shiloh

519

497

1016

511

496

1008

534

506

1040

South Gwinnett

510

486

996

500

475

975

527

503

1030

GCPS

549

545

1094

552

545

1097

567

565

1132

Georgia: Public School Students

533

515

1048

532

511

1043

546

531

1077

Nation: Public School Students

524

515

1039

520

510

1030

524

514

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*Indicates a new school