LAURINBURG — The average SAT scores of Scotland County’s class of 2013 rose nearly 50 points this year over those of last year’s graduating class, according to a report released last week by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
Average scores for the county came in almost 200 points below the state average, which rose 10 points from last year.
On average, Scotland County’s 2013 seniors scored a 1,289 on the SAT, combining scores in critical reading, mathematics, and writing. The highest possible score is a 2,400.
Statewide, seniors had an average SAT score of 1,479, with a national average of 1,498. The national average remained unchanged from last year.
The county average includes test scores of seniors from Shaw Academy, Scotland High School and Scotland Early College High School. In total, 223 county seniors tested in 2013, with Scotland High Seniors scoring an average composite score of 1,283 and the senior class at Scotland Early College High earning an average score of 1,370.
According to the Department of Public Instruction, two students at Shaw Academy, or 11.8 percent of its senior class, took the SAT in 2012-2013, as opposed to 67.9 percent of Scotland High School seniors. Scores from Shaw Academy were not individually reported.
In individual subjects, Scotland High School’s seniors had an average critical reading score of 446, with an average 427 in math and 410 in writing. Early college students’ scores averaged 451 in critical reading, 464 in math, and 455 in writing. The highest score available in each subject is 800.
Those scores reflect an increase from the seniors of 2012, who scored at an average of 1,242. The average score for seniors at the early college was 1,333. Countywide, students earned average scores of 410 in critical reading, 434 in math, and 398 in writing.
Average SAT scores for Scotland High School in 2012 were not available.
In 2012, all high school juniors took the ACT, a college entrance examination which tests knowledge of reading, math, English, and science, for the first time as part of a new state program. As a result, many students can use their ACT results for college admission and not have to pay fees to take the SAT.
North Carolina is one of nine states to require ACT administration to all juniors.
Scotland High School’s average ACT scores were above the state’s in three subjects, and above the national average in English and math.
The 314 Scotland High juniors to take the ACT averaged scores of 26 in English, 25 in math, 20 in reading, and 14 in science. Each section is scored on a scale of 1-36. Statewide, juniors earned average scores of 17.1 in English, 19.6 in math, 18.8 in reading, and 18.7 in science. Nationally, juniors tested scored an average of 20.2 in English, 20.9 in math, 21.2 in reading, and 20.7 in science.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.