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Media Releases: August 26, 2003

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 schools.



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St. Johns County School District
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