It’s becoming a habit—and a good one—for Lumpkin County High School students to achieve some of the highest SAT and ACT scores in the nation and state, and the highest SATs in the Pioneer RESA district.
This is the third year in a row for test scores to be at or near the top.
“To consistently sustain a high level of success on any measure is a reflection of high quality. For our school system to remain at the top of our geographic region and to be among the best in the state makes me extremely proud of our students and staff,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rob Brown said after the scores were released.
SAT stands for Scholastic Assessment Test, now called the SAT Reasoning Test.
“The SAT is not an assessment of a student’s performance in one class or in one subject. Instead, SAT scores are a reflection of knowledge and skills developed over time,” Brown said.
“It indicates Lumpkin’s students are college ready when it comes to critical reading and reasoning across the curriculum,” said LCHS Counselor Alan Hogan.
Lumpkin topped the chart for the 13-county plus Gainesville City Pioneer RESA region with a mean score of 1092. Towns came in as the next-highest scoring county with 1076.
“In addition, this places Lumpkin County in the top 10 percent of all school systems in the state while ranking 16th out of 180 school districts,” Brown said.
It also tops the national average of 1039.
This year’s ACT scores set “the highest composite score ever achieved in Lumpkin County,” Brown said.
Scores on this test continued to increase each year since 2017, from 20.9 to this year’s 22.1. That places Lumpkin 13th out of 180 school districts in the state.
In the RESA district, only Union County scored higher than Lumpkin, by .2 points.
ACT stands for American College Test. It measures what students have learned in English, math, reading and science.
With scores such as these, Hogan said, Lumpkin County students have a better chance of getting into college. Many colleges look at results of both tests when considering applications.
Brown said the continued improvement and high scores can’t be contributed to any particular effort or initiative. He gives credit to the school system’s teachers.
“We have outstanding teachers working with amazing students and when they work together with a common focus, great things happen,” he said. “Their commitment to excellence is evident. This success reflects many years of investment, hard work and dedication made by educators throughout this school system. They deserve credit for the continued successes of their students.”