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District SAT Scores Surpass State and National Average

posted Sep 11, 2020, 8:19 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC

The CollegeBoard has released SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) data for the Class of 2020. This exam was taken by almost 28,000 seniors in the state of South Carolina during the 2019-2020 school year.   

The School District of Oconee County average score of 1050 surpassed the national average by 20 points and the state average by more than 30 points. The district had the 7th highest average total score among districts in South Carolina, a jump of 8 places over 2019.  The district total score increased 13 points in a year that saw a drop in both the state and national averages, as well as many district averages in South Carolina.  

When asked about the district’s performance, Dr. Thorsland replied, “We are excited to see our students perform well this year.  It certainly demonstrates that we are making progress toward the Board of Trustees goal of SDOC being a “top-ten district” in South Carolina.  However, as I’ve said in the past, it is difficult to compare schools and districts based on a test that is only taken by some students.  To have a truly fair comparison, you would need to include scores from all students.” 

The SAT consists of two subtests, math and evidenced-based reading and writing.  Students may complete an optional essay test, however it is not required by most colleges and universities. SAT scores range from 400 to 1600.