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SAT scores up in Charleston, Beaufort, Georgetown counties

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – SAT college entrance exam scores were released Thursday and numbers across the state are on the rise. According to the Associated Press, the average score for the Palmetto State went up five points from last year.

The biggest gains across the Lowcountry came in Georgetown and Beaufort counties, where scores rose 15 and 48 points over the previous year, respectively.

In Charleston County, district officials say students in their district are outperforming others in the state in reading and writing. CCSD officials said the district's overall score (1,447) also went up five points and added that they are the only local district to have their participation percentage (65 percent) among the state's top 10.

"I am encouraged with the improvements we continue to see as a district because it demonstrates that the hard work and commitment to Vision 2016 is making a difference," said Superintendent Nancy J. McGinley. "Couple this news with the improvement we made in the 2012 graduation rate, and the fact our seniors just earned a record $50 million in scholarships this past year and it's clear – we are increasing the number of CCSD students ready for post-secondary education."

In several other Lowcountry school districts, the numbers dropped, however. Berkeley County schools saw a 10-point decrease in SAT scores over last year. Scores in the writing and math portion of the test dropped, while critical reading increased slightly.

In both Dorchester school districts, scores dropped slightly. In Dorchester District 2, scores dropped by two points. In Dorchester 4, scores dipped by 6 points. DD2 students' scores dropped in the math portion of the test while their District 4 counterparts saw declines in reading and math.

DD4 did see a 15-point gain in writing. However, the district also tallied the lowest participation in the state, 8 percent.

In Williamsburg County, scores dropped by 38 points and scores dropped across the board in each section of the standardized test.

The biggest drop in score came in Colleton County. Students taking the test this year scored an average of 49 points lower than their 2012 counterparts. Colleton County also saw drops in scores in all sections of the test.  

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