Cobb and Marietta SAT scores down for 2012
by Lindsay Field
September 24, 2012 01:11 PM | 4541 views | 14 14 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print

MARIETTA — The SAT scores for both Cobb and Marietta school districts dropped in 2012.

For Cobb, the average score decreased by two points to 1520 from last year’s 1522. Marietta scores dropped to 1459 for 2012 from 1482 in 2011.

However, both districts’ scores were better than the state average of 1452, but only Cobb students outperformed the national average of 1498.

In Cobb, 5,790 students from 16 area high schools took the SAT, five students fewer than in 2011.

The schools that recorded the highest SAT scores were Walton, 1743; Pope, 1645; and Lassiter, 1636. At Walton, 628 students took the test, 394 at Pope and 461 at Lassiter.

The three Cobb schools that recorded the lowest scores on the test were Osborne, 1230; Pebblebrook, 1278; and South Cobb, 1323. At Osborne, 174 students were tested, 248 at Pebblebrook and 255 at South Cobb.

“These scores tell me that our students are well-prepared to compete at the college level,” Cobb Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa said. “We know that the district’s SAT average isn't going to increase every year, but we did see marked improvement in several of our student groups as we continue to focus on closing the achievement gap. The scores also show us some areas that need greater attention, including our students whose native language is not English.”

In Cobb, black students’ scores increased by 14 points to 1336, Native American students’ increased by 49 points to 1528 and Asian students’ increased by 17 points to 1707.

Hispanic students’ scores dropped 26 points to 1403. The average score for white students declined by one point to 1618.

For Marietta High School, not only did the average decrease this year, but also the number of students tested in 2012 dropped from 274 in 2011 to 246 seniors last year.

“While there are factors that may have caused a decline in our scores, we certainly need to improve our performance next year,” Marietta Superintendent Dr. Emily Lembeck said.

Lembeck said the district exceeded the state in two areas: mathematics and writing. Marietta High students’ average reading score was 486; mathematics, 496; and writing, 477.

Lembeck also said individual student groups continue to outscore the nation.

White students outperformed their national peers by 58 points, with an average of 1636. Black students did the same by scoring 75 points higher with an average of 1348.

“As we continue to narrow the performance gap between these students groups, our overall scores should also improve,” Lembeck said.

Statewide SAT scores indicate that Georgia’s 2012 senior class increased seven points over last year’s average as the national average decreased by two points.

Additionally, state statistics showed that more students took the test in 2012. The percent increased by one point from 80 to 81 percent.

There was also an increase in the percentage of minority students taking the SAT, up to 47 percent from 46 percent last year. It was 39 percent in 2007.

The SAT is a college entrance exam that is developed, administered and scored by the College Board. It is designed to test the subject matter learned by students in high school and the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in college.

The test has three sections: critical reading, mathematics and writing. Each section is worth 800 points, and the highest possible score is 2400.

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Private schooler
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September 25, 2012
In other words, take the 4 East Cobb schools out and this county's average SAT average is below the national and probably state average. Heck, take Walton alone out and the county's SAT average probably drops about 25 points. And people wonder why I choose to send my kids to private school?
Cobb Teacher
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September 25, 2012
IF you are involved in your childs education your child would do well even if you sent them to the worst public school in the nation. It's not the "school" or the "teacher" it's mostly the student and the family. Support at home make a WORLD of difference. Valuing education makes a WORLD of difference. These things don't happen in school or come from a good or bad teacher. THEY START AND END AT HOME!
anonymous
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September 25, 2012
It's not the "school" or the "teacher" it's mostly the student and the family. ... THEY START AND END AT HOME!
@private schooler
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September 25, 2012
Yep to keep your perfect lilly white kids away from the unwashed, those terrible minority's and gasp...kids whose parents aren't perfect like you.

I'm sooooo glad your kids do not attend public schools, I would not want my daughters around your perfect children they might not understand the white sheets and pointy hats.

Crawl back into your bigot world and stay there.

Sincerely,

Mr. Unwashed
@ Cobb Teacher
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September 27, 2012
Well said!
@Mr. Unwashed
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September 30, 2012
Mr. Unwashed,

Did you go one of these schools that scored below the national and state averages? Sure sounds like it - there was no mention of race anywhere in my comment...

I'm certainly VERY glad my children are not siting next to kids raised by racist parents who bring up the "racism" card because they have nothing of substance to add to discussions.
Cobb Teacher
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September 24, 2012
I'm a teacher and I've not heard anything about a bonus. All I know is my pay goes DOWN every year. I'm tired of people making up stuff about how much we get paid and how little we work. I bust my behind every day to do my best to educate your kids and when my pay goes down again next year, I'll still be in my room trying to do the best I can with what I've got as will 99% of the rest of us because we love what we do and we do it well.
anonymous
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September 24, 2012
If only the students who were planning on going to a 4-year academic college took the SAT the scores would be much better than the national average.

College costs a lot of money and we have too many kids getting useless 4-year degrees while acquiring a crushing debt load. Meanwhile, there is a nationwide shortage of skilled trades and specialized technical workers.

I don't blame all teachers, some of them are teaching 20 kids in a class who don't care. What a joke. Cultures and parents who value scholastic achievement generally produce children who do.

Lisa Hanson
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September 24, 2012
To Cobb Taxpayer, when will people quit blaming the teachers for declining test scores? I would say it is incumbent upon parents, students, teachers and even school board members to see to it that we strive for better scores. It is a concerted effort between all to ensure that Cobb County raises the bar. It is a shame that teachers don't get the respect they deserve.
Tragedy
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September 24, 2012
The greatest recent tragedy for the Cobb County School District has been the re-election of David Banks.

What the Cobb County Taxpayers need is for someone in Post 5 to run a School Board Campaign with at least a tiny bit of competence.
Cobb Taxpayer
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September 24, 2012
What was that about a bonus for CCSD teachers? Doesn't seem like a good idea based on these restuls...
@ Cobb Taxpayer
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September 24, 2012
Half of the Cobb district high schools improved on their SAT scores over last year, half did not.

A 2 point swing represents 0.13% (i.e. a smidgen over zero percent). It's quite sad you've prematurely pulled the trigger and fired your salvo at teachers when there are so many other variables to consider like; different student populations, individual preparation, family involvement in student studies, and on, and on...
ECP
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September 24, 2012
No, it's because of the balanced calendar. Oh wait.... By the way, what bonus are you talking about? Cobb teachers don to get bonuses. What world are you living in. Please, play Wheel of Fortune, and buy a clue.
@Cobb Taxpayer
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September 24, 2012
Ms. Hanson don't feed this MDJ Online Troll. He/she slams just about anything published. Must be a 40 yr old loser living in his mom's basement watching Faux News.

Ms. Hanson take a look at MDJ Columnis Bill Kinney's article the Rest of the Story on Georgia's SAT scores. If Georgia's SAT scores were compared apples to apples with so called Top SAT State's Georgia would rank in the Top 5.

I voted for you Ms. Hansen for School Board. Just a reminder that articles like this feed the ALEC and Chip Rogers war against public school in Georgia.

Please continue to educate yourself regarding the ALEC, Rogers and Deal's agenda for Georgia's public schools and remember to vote NO on the for profit Charter Schools Amendment in Nov. Please run again against Banks in 4yrs.

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