2020 ACT and SAT Scores

The visual below shows average 2020 SAT scores for graduating seniors by school. Atlanta Classical’s average score of 1151 was the highest in the district. Grady and KIPP Collegiate also scored above the national average1. Use the exam filter on the right to switch to the ACT or a different subject2.

Note that the percentage tested for several schools was 100%3. APS participates in SAT school day, which allows students to test during the school day with no fees. Changing the filter to ACT shows that KIPP Collegiate and Carver STEAM instead have a focus on the ACT.

The next graph shows SAT math trends for Grady High School over time, compared to district and national averages. The graph shows that Grady’s math score rose by five points from 2019 to 2020 and participation was 100% both years. The graph also shows that Grady has performed above the national average the past three years, after performing consistently below from 2013 to 2015. Use the filters to select a different school, exam, or subject.

The SAT exam format changed in 2017. Scores are not directly comparable from 2016 to 2017, but the graph above displays math scores on the same graph because comparisons against the district and nation over time remain relevant.

The last graph shows the difference between average reading and math scores by school. Nationally, students average 5 points higher in reading than math. But APS students average 32 points higher in reading. This suggests that APS students have more room for improvement on the math portion of the SAT.

The reading-math difference does vary by race/ethnicity. The national reading-math difference for Black students was 19 points. The 2020 APS senior class was 76% black, so this provides some context for the district results.

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  1. The GADOE SAT press release reports the national public school average of 1030. This graph reports the overall national average of 1051, because APS students compete for college admissions with all tested students.
  2. The graphs in this post use the abreviation, “Reading” for the SAT score component that is now named, “Evidence-Based Reading and Writing”.
  3. The percentage tested calculation divides the number of tested students by the number of graduating seniors.