SAT scores for the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation have come back significantly higher than nationwide averages.
Indiana’s average SAT score was 1,469, seven points lower than past year. While the national average is 1500, Columbus East High School’s average held at 1529 for the 54% of eligible students who took the test.
Secondary Education Director, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation Bill Jensen says emphasis on learning and pushing students beyond their limits through rigorous coursework has proven to help Bartholomew County scores.
“We don’t really make that overall emphasis on the SAT we try to focus on learning and that’s the focus in our schools and really trying to push as many students into rigorous coursework as we can and that impacts test scores,” Jensen said.
Columbus North’s scores were even better, with 58 percent of students taking the test and an average score of 1,537. David Clark, Principal Columbus North High School said, “The philosophically our teachers use is instruction methodology to prepare things for students that will help them become successful.”
Since the test added a writing component in 2006, the average SAT score statewide has fallen 17 points. That’s equal to a national 17 point decline.
“The design for us is we’re going to meet the students where they are and then move them forward,” Clark said.
Over the same time frame, scores in Columbus have fluctuated, with the highest school wide score being a 1586 at East in 2006 and the lowest being North’s 1505 from 2009.