For the third consecutive year St. Johns
County students scored above both the state and national
averages on recently released Scholastic Aptitude Test
(SAT) scores. Their composite score of 1035 was 39 points
higher than the state average of 996 and nine points higher
than the national average of 1026. This year’s St.
Johns County composite score is nine points higher than
last year’s total.
The county’s composite score included a 517 on the verbal section, four
points higher than last year’s score, and a 518 on the math section,
five points higher than last year’s total. The county’s verbal
score was 19 points above the state average and 10 points higher than the national
average. The mean math score was 20 points above the state average and only
one point below the national average.
Scores on both the state and national levels rose slightly this year. In Florida
the average verbal score rose two points to 498 while the average math score
decreased by one point to 498. National verbal and math scores both increased
by three points to 507 on verbal and 519 on math.
“I’m so pleased that our composite scores are once again above both
the state and national averages,” said Superintendent Joseph Joyner. “This
follows a five-year trend in which our scores have shown a significant increase
over state and national scores. From 1999-2003 our verbal scores increased by
12 points while the state average decreased by one point and the nation increased
by two points. During the same period our math scores increased by 10 points
while the state average remained stable and the nation increased by eight points.”
In St. Johns County there was also a significant increase in the number of
students taking the test. The SAT was taken by 857 students in St. Johns County
last school year, a 37 percent increase over the number tested the previous
year. The highest possible score on the SAT is 800 on each section for a combined
perfect score of 1600.
Individual scores for each of the four high schools are available from the