Commerce High School saw its scores on the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) jump 85 points over 2012, according to results released last week by the Georgia Department of Education.
Commerce High School ranked 80th in the state with a composite score of 1,476. That was up from 1,391 in 2012 and up 131 points from 2011, according to superintendent Joy Tolbert.
“Since annual scores for the SAT normally compare different groups of students, it is always difficult to pinpoint the reasons for any increase/decrease in those scores,” Tolbert wrote in an e-mail to school personnel. “Since preparation for SAT success begins in the lower grades with the initial understanding of mathematical practices and reading/vocabulary skills, all of you can take pride in the success of our most recent SAT scores. Congratulations.”
Three of the four high schools in Jackson County ranked in the top third of Georgia schools for the test, which is widely used for college admission purposes.
Jefferson High School led the local results with a composite score of 1,531. It was one of 59 Georgia high schools that finished above the 1,500 mark this year, ranking 53rd in the state out of 410 high schools reporting results. It also topped the national average of 1,498 for the year. Still, the 2013 JHS results were lower than in 2012 when the school had a composite score of 1,564.
Jackson County Comprehensive High School ranked 125th in the state with a score of 1,427. JCCHS dropped 30 points from 2012 when it had a composite score of 1,457.
East Jackson Comprehensive High School fell in the middle of state results and at the bottom of local results at 175th in the state with a score of 1,386. That was the same score it had in 2012.
Both JCCHS and EJCHS were below the state average score of 1,452.