Camden students score high on SAT


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

High school students in the Camden County Schools exceeded both the national and state average score on the SAT last year — the only area students to accomplish that feat.

Camden Schools Superintendent Joe Ferrell announced last week that Camden students’ average score of 1115 on the college-admission test was better than the national average score of 1044 and the state average score of 1074.

Nationwide, 1.43 million public school students took the SAT during the 2016-17 academic year. For the evidence-based reading and writing section of the test, the average score was 527. The average score on the math section of the test was 517.

In North Carolina, 44,325 public school students took the SAT in 2016-17, a participation rate of 44 percent. The average score statewide for the reading and writing section was 542 while the average score on the math section was 532.

Camden’s participation rate was even with the state rate, and for its largest high school, Camden County High, the participation rate slightly exceeded the state rate at 45.7 percent. The number of test-takers from the other high schools, Cam Tech and its successor, Camden Early College, was too small to warrant a participation rate since the N.C. Department of Public Instruction only reports the rate for schools with more than 10 students taking the test.

Elsewhere in the region, students in the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools had an average SAT score of 981 and a participation rate of 46.2 percent. The average score at Northeastern High School, where the participation rate was 51.4 percent, was 981; while the average at Pasquotank High, where the participation rate was 42.1 percent, was 970.

ECPPS Superintendent Larry Cartner said he was pleased that 46 percent of the district’s students — nearly half — took the SAT last year.

"Our students scored slightly below the state's average score of 1074 and we will continue to work to prepare our students for college and career readiness," Cartner said.

The Perquimans County Schools reported an average SAT score of 1012 and a participation rate of 37.7 percent.

The average SAT score in the Currituck County Schools was 1072 and the participation rate was 35.6 percent.

“The Currituck County School District utilizes assessment data to inform decisions regarding our instructional program,” Currituck Schools Superintendent Mark Stefanik said in a statement. “Although the percentage of students taking the SAT was low, we will compare these results with other data that we have collected. We will monitor trend data as the new SAT test continues to be administered in the future.”

In the Edenton-Chowan Public Schools, the average SAT score was 982 and the participation rate was 52.4 percent. The participation rate was significantly higher than the 32.8 percent reported for the 2015-16 academic year. 

The average score in Edenton-Chowan was also 57 points higher than the previous year’s average combined score for reading and math.