Though 2013 SAT scores remained stagnant nationwide, no high schools in Bibb, Houston or Peach counties could match the average national score of 1,498.
Of the 13 high schools in those counties, only two schools beat the states average of 1,452: Houston County High School, at 1,472, and Houston Countys Veterans High School, with a score of 1,455.
Other high schools were well behind. Out of a possible 2,400 points on the test, only Houston Countys Warner Robins High fell below the 1,400-point mark, at 1,388.
In Bibb County, Northeast High School students averaged 1,098 points on the college entrance exam, while Southwest High averaged 1,078 points. Bibbs Westside High and Hutchings Career Center were in the high 1100s, while Rutland High, Central High and Howard High all broke into the 1300s.
Peach County High School stood alone in the 1200s, getting an average score of 1,270.
The SAT includes separate tests for reading, math and writing, which was added about a decade ago. The top score on each section is 800 points.
Compared with all Georgia school systems, Middle Georgia schools ranked near the bottom.
Among those ranked in the bottom third were Baldwin County, with 1,287; Bibb County, with 1,266; Crawford County, with 1,290; Dublin city schools, with 1,289; Jones County, with 1,319; Peach County, with 1,270; Twiggs County, with 1,164; and Wilkinson County, with 1,216.
In the middle third of ranked state schools were Laurens County, at 1,346, and Monroe County, with 1,340.
In the top third were Bleckley County, at 1,476, and Houston County, with 1,437.
The Bibb County school system said in a statement that the system average was up 14 points from last year. Interim Superintendent Steve Smith said the system had posted mixed results over the past five years.
We have to do a better job of implementing new strategies. Weve got to reassess what were doing and what were not doing and start focusing on the strategies that are working, he said.
Houston Countys testing specialists were in a conference and not available for comment.
State school Superintendent John Barge said in a statement that Georgia scores could improve in future years under the states Career Pathways/Clusters reform.
Nationally, SAT scores were largely flat for a third year, the College Board reported. Average scores in reading, math and writing were the same in 2012 and 2013.
Students scored an average of 496 in reading, down one point from 2011. Average math scores have remained stuck at 514 over the past three years. And the average writing score, 488, was down one point from 2011.
Males, on average, scored better in reading and math, while females on average did better in writing.
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