Georgia's Graduating Class of 2022 is Fifth in a Row to Beat National Average on SAT

Staff Report

Thursday, September 29th, 2022

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Notes on state- and national-level data included: These data reflect the performance of Georgia public-school students in the class of 2022. The national mean reported is for U.S. public students. Some media outlets may report on data that reflect that performance of the “all students" group, which includes private/independent schools. Click here for the College Board's report on Georgia public-school students.

September 28, 2022 – For the fifth year in a row, Georgia public-school students outperformed their counterparts in the nation's public schools on the SAT – specifically, Georgia public-school students recorded a mean score of 1052, 24 points higher than the national average for public-school students of 1028.

Georgia's public-school class of 2022 recorded a mean score of 536 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) portion of the assessment, and a mean score of 516 on the math portion. That's compared to averages of 521 and 507, respectively, for students in the nation's public schools.

“Georgia public schools continue to exceed the national average on the SAT – that's a testament to the hard work of students and teachers," State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “I am extremely proud of the class of 2022 and their educators, families, and communities who have invested in them. While students and schools have faced significant challenges over the last several years, as a state we will continue to invest in academic recovery and the opportunities available to every graduate of every Georgia public school."

Georgia students' 2022 mean score decreased compared to 2021, when the mean score was 1077, but is still higher than 2020's mean score of 1043 and 2019's mean score of 1048. Georgia public-school students' lead over the national average has also grown during that time, from a nine-point gap in 2019 to a 24-point gap today.

Additionally, participation increased sharply compared to 2021, when the impacts of the pandemic – including the temporary waiver of SAT/ACT score requirements for University System of Georgia admissions, and the cancellation of some test registrations and closure of some test centers in 2020 – caused fewer students in the graduating class to take the SAT.

Fifty-one percent of Georgia's class of 2022 took the SAT at some point during high school, compared to 38 percent of the class of 2021.