The exam has transitioned from the traditional 1,600-point scale to a 2,400-point scale. Under the previous scoring system, the average score for both districts would be around 1,045.
Cherokee's class of 2013 topped the national average by 69 points and the state average by 115 points.
In the district, 1,450 seniors took the test, which was an increase by 119 students from the class of 2012.
Towne Lake's Etowah High School boasted the highest average SAT score of all the district's high schools. Etowah pulled an average score of 1,595. Etowah was followed by Cherokee at 1,590; Creekview at 1,585; Sequoyah at 1,562; Woodstock at 1,556; and River Ridge, which graduated its first senior class in May, at 1,502.
The SAT measures critical reading, mathematics, and writing abilities and is one of the most popular metrics used by college admissions departments.
"The Cherokee County School District puts teaching and learning first; and these results are another example of what happens when you make outstanding academic achievement by every student your priority," wrote Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo in a memo to Cherokee County School Board members.
Petruzielo's memo and breakdowns of each school's SAT scores are attached to the article.
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