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3 schools best US average on SAT

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Students at J.P. Knapp Early College High School in Currituck County led the area with an average score of 1110 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, according to a recent report.

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By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Friday, November 16, 2018

Students at three area high schools exceeded the national average score this year on the Scholastic Aptitude Test used for college admissions, a new report shows.

Students at J.P. Knapp Early College High School in Currituck led the area with an average score of 1110 on the SAT, according to the report, followed closely by Currituck County High School at 1084 and Camden County High School at 1068.

The average score on the SAT for public school students nationwide in 2018 was 1049.

The state average SAT score of 1090 exceeded the national average. Only J.P. Knapp students topped the state average.

The average SAT scores at other area high schools were 1029 at Perquimans County High School, 1009 at Northeastern High School, 964 at John A. Holmes High School in Edenton and 943 at Pasquotank County High School.

John A. Holmes, Pasquotank, Camden and J.P. Knapp all saw their average SAT scores drop slightly from last year while the other schools saw improvement in their students’ average score.

Last year’s scores were 982 at John A. Holmes, 1012 at Perquimans, 989 at Northeastern, 970 at Pasquotank, 1099 at Camden, 1047 at Currituck and 1186 at J.P. Knapp.

Camden Early College did not have enough students taking the test to be included in the report.

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools officials were pleased the number of students taking the SAT increased in 2018.

“ECPPS is pleased that we had more student participation in 2018, 46.2 percent to 51.0 percent,” the district said in a prepared statement. “While overall scores for evidence-based reading and writing decreased from 504 to 498, math overall scores increased from 477 to 482. ECPPS continues to encourage student participation in the SAT.”

Currituck County Schools Superintendent Mark Stefanik said he was pleased with Currituck students’ improvement.

“We are pleased that both the SAT composite score and participation rate increased from the previous year for the Currituck County Schools,” Stefanik said. “As teachers, counselors, and administrators continue to work with students to personalize their learning and plan for post-secondary options, students are seeing the benefits. District staff are committed to guiding students to participate in those placement exams that best fit a student's post-secondary plans whether that be the SAT, ACT, ASVAAB, or community college placement exam.”

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson said in a statement released by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction that the results are an encouraging sign that more North Carolina students are graduating from high school well prepared for post-secondary education or other good options to gain skills needed for 21st century jobs.

"Every student should, and must, have the opportunity to go to a four-year institution if that's what they want, but it's not the only pathway to success," he said.

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