SAT analysis- Georgia State

What is your state’s average SAT scores for the 5 year period?

For the five year period, Georgia had an average of 491 in verbal and 490 in math. The verbal performance was slightly higher than the math performance. However, it is worth noting that the math performance had recorded better improvement than verbal performance over the period.

What is the average SAT scores for all states over the 5 year period?

For the five year period in all the states, verbal had an average of 543.776. This figure is obtained from calculating the yearly average in all the states from 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, which are 542.48, 543.2, 542.02, 545.08 and 546.1 respectively. In math’s, the average in all the states for the five year period was 546.168 and the result came from averaging 544.98, 544.48, 546.42, 547.46 and 547.5.      

How does your state’s 5 year average SAT scores compare to the over-all SAT scores averages?

My state’s average for the five year period is quite low compared to the total average of all states. In verbal, there is a difference of exactly 52.776 and 56.168 in maths.  

Describe the 5 year SAT participation rate for your state. How does your state participation rates compare to the overall 5 year participation rates?

According to the results, my state’s performance is quite poor compared to the other states. Between the year 2000 to 2004, Georgia recorded a 6 point increase in verbal and a 7 point increase in maths. The performance of Georgia in SAT is generally low over the entire period. For instance in 2004, when Georgia is scoring 494 points, states like South Dakota had 594 in verbal, a huge difference of 100 points. Same year in math’s, Georgia scored 493 while Iowa had 602 points, a difference of 109 points.

What should you keep in mind when making such comparisons?

In making such comparisons, there are several factors that I have to consider. There are quite a number of factors which can positively or negatively affect students’ performance in SAT’s. This study will cover just but some of the possible factors that affected students performance in the SAT’s over the period. I think one of the factors is the number of students in the schools. The size of a school, according to the number of students determines how they perform. Schools that have a huge number of students tend to have poor results compared to lowly populated schools. This can be attributed to lack of tutor- student personal interaction and assistance. Generally, schools should regulate the numbers of students to a number which can be efficiently managed by the administration.

The second factor I have to consider is the socio- economic status of the students. Schools located in wealthy regions and with students from rich backgrounds tend to have less concern for education. Schools in such areas are affected by high rates of absenteeism and this can really affect performance. Thirdly, the previous performance student’s can affect current performance. When an intake is done and a school admits students’ who performed poorly, it is very likely that the performance of the school will go down. Most schools tend to balance the intake, admitting students using criteria that do not only favor one side. Lastly, schools can perform according to their sectors which are public, private or catholic. In most cases, we find that schools in private institutions perform better than those in public sector. Students in private schools get better treatment and more personal attention from their tutors. In public sector however, students seem to not get any better treatment. Therefore, areas having many private schools tend to have better performance than areas with many public schools.

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