SDPC's SAT Scores Rise in 2015

SAT-LogoSAT scores for students in the School District of Pickens County in 2015 beat national averages and rose from the previous year.

 SDPC's Mean Composite Score was 1501, an improvement from its previous score of 1489, above the national mean score of 1490, and well above the South Carolina Public School mean score of 1428. This score places SDPC in the top five school districts in the state on the SAT, and at the top of all county-wide school districts in South Carolina in SAT performance.

"Our goal is to be a top-five district in the state academically," said Dr. Danny Merck, SDPC Superintendent. "We hit that mark on the ACT, and I'm happy to see us get there on the SAT as well. Those two tests are a very good indicator of how well our schools are preparing students for college."

In the three tested areas of Critical Reading, Math, and Writing, SDPC's mean scores were 507, 510, and 485, respectively. Students improved in all three areas from 2014, and Pickens County's greatest strength continues to be Critical Reading, with a score that was 12 points above the national score. However, SDPC's score in Math remained just one point below the national mean score of 511.

"One of the things we strive for continuous improvement, and that's what we achieved this year," said Sharon Huff, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services. "It's encouraging to see our scores rising in each tested area, and I think we can continue that trend until we stand above the national average in Math as well."

In addition to improving scores, SDPC also expanded the percentage of seniors tested to 48 percent, up from 45 percent the previous year. "Expanding the circle of students included in SAT, ACT and AP testing is an important part of our philosophy," Merck said. "Getting more students motivated and prepared to succeed on these tests translates to getting more students ready for college."

Critical Reading Math Writing 2014 Composite 2015 Composite
National 495 511 484 1497 1490
SC Public Schools 483 483 462 1429 1428
Daniel High 536 543 506 1597 1586
Easley High 497 493 480 1437 1470
Liberty High 473 492 458 1399 1423
Pickens High 490 490 471 1464 1450
SDPC 507 510 485 1489 1501