SAT scores up in Charleston, Beaufort, Georgetown counties

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - SAT college entrance examscores were released Thursday and numbers across the state are on the rise.According to the Associated Press, the averagescore for the Palmetto State went up five points from last year.

The biggest gains across the Lowcountry came in Georgetown and Beaufort counties, wherescores rose 15 and 48 points over the previous year, respectively.

In Charleston County, district officials say studentsin their district are outperforming others in the state in reading and writing.CCSD officials said the district's overall score (1,447) also went up fivepoints and added that they are the only local district to have theirparticipation percentage (65 percent) among the state's top 10.

"I am encouraged with the improvements we continue to see as a districtbecause it demonstrates that the hard work and commitment to Vision 2016 ismaking a difference," said Superintendent Nancy J. McGinley. "Couplethis news with the improvement we made in the 2012 graduation rate, and thefact our seniors just earned a record $50 million in scholarships this pastyear and it's clear - we are increasing the number of CCSD students ready forpost-secondary education."

In several other Lowcountry school districts, the numbers dropped, however. Berkeley County schools saw a 10-point decreasein SAT scores over last year. Scores in the writing and math portion of thetest dropped, while critical reading increased slightly.

In both Dorchester school districts, scoresdropped slightly. In Dorchester District 2, scores dropped by two points. In Dorchester 4, scores dipped by 6 points. DD2 students'scores dropped in the math portion of the test while their District 4counterparts saw declines in reading and math.

DD4 did see a 15-point gain in writing. However, the district also talliedthe lowest participation in the state, 8 percent.

In Williamsburg County, scores dropped by38 points and scores dropped across the board in each section of thestandardized test.

The biggest drop in score came in Colleton County. Students takingthe test this year scored an average of 49 points lower than their 2012counterparts. Colleton County also saw drops inscores in all sections of the test. {}