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Fulton dominates SAT: score improvements, 6 schools in top 20
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Fulton dominates SAT: score improvements, 6 schools in top 20

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Once again, the Fulton County School System has more schools with high SAT performance than any other district in Georgia.

Six North Fulton schools are among the 20 highest scoring schools in the state, and 11 schools countywide reported increased scores from 2010.

"It's exciting to see data that validates what we already know -- that Fulton County high schools are doing a good job preparing our students," said Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa. "Although tests don't give a complete picture of school success, SAT scores are a way we can measure ourselves against our state and national peers. This information helps us see that our students are doing as well as, if not better than, other students across the country."

Rankings are not officially released, but data still shows that six Fulton schools are at the top of the heap in SAT scores:

3. Northview High, Johns Creek -- 1751
6. Chattahoochee High, Johns Creek -- 1694
8. Alpharetta High -- 1679
12. Milton High -- 1659
13. Riverwood International Charter, Sandy Springs -- 1652
14. Roswell High -- 1645

While Northview technically ranks third in the state, the two higher-scoring schools have only seven and 119 students, respectively, taking the test. By comparison, 576 Northview students took the SAT in 2011.

Many schools also reported big increases from previous years, including four of the five high schools in South Fulton:

* Johns Creek High -- 35 points
* Northview High -- 19 points
* Westlake High, East Point -- 15 points
* Tri-Cities High, East Point -- 12 points
* Langston Hughes High, Fairburn -- 9 points
* Roswell High -- 9 points
* Chattahoochee High -- 7 points
* Creekside High, Fairburn -- 6 points
* Riverwood International Charter -- 6 points
* Milton High -- 5 points

Additionally, Fulton Science Academy High (formerly known as TEACH) in Alpharetta showed an 81-point increase in its score. The school has a much smaller number of students taking the test, but it continues to deliver impressive gains every year.

Overall, Fulton students surpassed their peers statewide by 30 points in reading, 42 points in math and 43 points in writing for a total of 115 points above the state average.

Fulton exceeded the national average by 60 points, with 18 points in reading, 15 points in math and 27 points in writing.

Eighty-five percent of Fulton's 2011 graduating class took the test, compared to Georgia's 80 percent participation rate. Fulton County has also seen a trend of students taking both the SAT and the ACT for college entrance; in 2011, ACT participation rose to 53 percent.

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