August 29, 2006
One point five million high school seniors took the SATs last year, but standing out of the bunch are the Mountaineers of Madison County High School.
More than a million seniors took the SAT exams. Out of thousands of high schools, one close to home, scored higher than its peers.
"I attribute that to our great staff, and great students, and community support. We have surpassed the national average now at least two years in a row." said Madison County High School Principal Mike Sisler.
The College Board and Virginia Department of Education said scores at Madison County High School also beat the average scores for Virginia. Many say the new trend is a result of hard work and dedication.
"It makes me feel very proud to know that I was a part of helping these students achieve that score, but it's not just me. Again, it's all their teachers," said Supervisor of Instruction Renee Honaker.
Every teacher at the school emphasizes the core subjects, and it shows.
Their students scored a 532 in critical reading, a 531 in math, and a 519 in writing. All those scores were up more than 20 points from 2005.
"The increases just speak volumes about what's going on in the school. The school is very committed to excellence in the programs for their students, and it shows in the results," said Madison County School Superintendent Dr. Brenda Tanner.
Not only did the SAT scores increase for the students at MCHS, but so did the number of those taking the test. Only 48% of students took it in 2005, but in 2006, 60% of students took the test. The trend in increases for SAT scores and participation is sure to continue.
"I feel like the teachers here are very dedicated, and they give you every opportunity to learn everything that you need for the test. I feel extremely prepared in every area," said MCHS Junior Kellye Coleman who plans to take the SAT in October.
Charlottesville has also seen an increase in their scores, but the scores for Albemarle County have not been returned yet.
All this is good news considering as a whole -- 2005 was the first year students took a new version of the SAT exam.