CCSD Outscores State, Nation on Redesigned SAT

CCSD Outscores State, Nation on Redesigned SAT

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Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2017 outscored the State and National averages on the newly redesigned SAT, according to data released today by the College Board.

The test now includes two 800-point sections: Evidence Based Reading & Writing (ERW) and Mathematics, with a possible total score of 1600; in recent years, the test included three 800-point sections, with a possible total score of 2400. The third section, a writing exam, is now optional.

The CCSD Class of 2017 earned an average total score of 1121 (569 ERW; 552 Math), which tops the National average by 61 points and the State average by 71 points. The curriculum-based, college entrance and placement exam is the most commonly recognized measure of achievement for high school students.

“While increasing test scores is not our focus, this exceptional performance shows we’re succeeding in our mission of preparing students for college and career readiness,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Congratulations to these students, their families, teachers and everyone in our CCSD community who makes accomplishments like this possible!”

All CCSD high schools achieved an average score above the National and State average on the exam, which measures critical reading and mathematics abilities that are related to successful performance in college.

As the test was redesigned, it’s impossible to be compared to last year’s results, but CCSD continues to perform higher than National and State levels with strong participation… which also was illustrated by outstanding ACT college-entrance exam results released earlier this month.

These scores will be analyzed by Principals and their Leadership and Data Management Teams to review teaching practices and set new performance goals. Counselors also use the results to recommend entrance exams that best suit each student’s strengths and needs.

“Our School District is dedicated to ‘Educating the Emerging Generation,’ and that’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly,” Dr. Hightower said. “We’re focused on continuous improvement, and we will use these results to further hone our practices to ensure each child in our community receives the best education possible.”

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CCSD Seventh-Graders Recognized by Duke University

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Duke TIP logoMore than 30 Cherokee County School District seventh-graders have been recognized by Duke University for their SAT and ACT scores!

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) supports academically talented seventh-graders who have previously scored at or above the 95th percentile on a standardized test such as CogAT by providing them with the opportunity to take the SAT and ACT, which are college-entrance exams designed for above-average 11th- and 12th-grade students.

This year, 116 CCSD students participated in the program, with 31 students earning State-level honors, and two students – Justin Bolsen of Creekland MS and Sophie Williams of Freedom MS — additionally earning Grand-level recognition.

These students were invited to a Duke University Recognition Ceremony and will be recognized by the Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools and School Board at today’s School Board meeting.

The CCSD honorees are:

Creekland MS
Justin Bolsen, Jessica Hickman, Joshua Mays, Callahan Pace, Ciana Ruggiero

Dean Rusk MS
Adam Brooks, George Chemmala, Thomas Nguyen

E.T. Booth MS
Joseph Didzbalis, Samantha Sapere, Kyleigh Wallace

Freedom MS
Naomi Clark, Audrey Edwards, Ayden Fountain, Gabriela Isaac, Connor MacMillan, Brendan Stewart, Will Sumner, Grace Webb, Sophie Williams and Everett Wise

Mill Creek MS
Autumn Bailey, Sarah Fraser, Dylan Herrick, Rachel Kim, Carter Macdonald, Carson Portis, Matthew Stevens, James Tham, Megan Wasson

Teasley MS
Lauren Kinney, Madi Mathews

Woodstock MS
Tyler Haleblian


Congratulations to CCSD’s STAR Students & Teachers!

Congratulations to this year’s Cherokee County School District STAR Students and Teachers!

The Canton and Woodstock Lions Clubs recently honored CCSD students and teachers at their annual STAR Student and Teacher Recognition Ceremony held earlier this month at the Cherokee Arts Center in downtown Canton. These honorees will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the March 16, 2017 School Board meeting.

The STAR, or Student Teacher Achievement Recognition, Student honor is awarded to the student from each Cherokee County public and private high school with the highest score on any single test date of the SAT (taken through the November test date of their senior year) and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. Each honored student is invited to select his or her favorite teacher to be named that school’s STAR Teacher.

High school STAR Students compete for system titles, and the overall Cherokee County STAR Student is Isabelle Riddle from Sequoyah High School! Her STAR Teacher is Dr. Wendy Roberts.

System STAR Students compete for region-wide honors in the 12 STAR Regions, and Region winners are invited to Atlanta to compete for the state PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) STAR scholarships and awards. STAR Teachers continue on with their STAR Students at every level of the program.

“Congratulations to all of our STAR Students and Teachers!” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We greatly appreciate the Lions Clubs and PAGE recognizing and celebrating excellence in teaching and learning in our schools. We look forward to honoring these top scholars and educators with our School Board!”

Cherokee HS
STAR Student: Pragya Sharma
STAR Teacher: Charley Ingham

Creekview HS
STAR Student: Austin Miles
STAR Teacher: Wendy McCarron

Etowah HS
STAR Student: Brandon Baker
STAR Teacher: Dr. Wright Vermilya

River Ridge HS
STAR Student: Anabelle Paulino
STAR Teacher: Joy Clarkston

Sequoyah HS
STAR Student: Isabelle Riddle
STAR Teacher: Dr. Wendy Roberts

Woodstock HS
STAR Student: A.J. Cox
STAR Teacher: Debbie Hipp


CCSD Earns Highest SAT Scores in Metro Atlanta, No. 3 in State!

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Snapshot: CCSD 2016 ACT and SAT Results

The Cherokee County School District, which earned the highest average among metropolitan Atlanta districts, increased its score by 17 points and ranked in the top 3 school districts in Georgia for average SAT scores.

The School District’s Class of 2016 earned an average total score of 1577, up from 1560 last school year, which is the 3rd-highest score out of 180 school systems in the State of Georgia, according to data released today by the College Board.

The School District’s Class of 2016 graduates exceeded the National average by 93 points and the State average by 118 points on the curriculum-based, college entrance and placement exam, which is the most commonly recognized measure of achievement for high school students.

All CCSD high schools, with 54% (1,412 students) of the Class of 2016 participating, scored above the National average and ranked in the top 10% in Georgia on the test, which measures critical reading, mathematics and writing abilities that are related to successful performance in college.

The School District’s average total score increased, and CCSD also earned the second-highest average Writing score, third-highest average Mathematics score and fourth-highest average Critical Reading score in the State.

As different groups of students are being tested, annual fluctuation in scores is anticipated; but CCSD continues to show consistent, extraordinary performance when compared at the National and State levels.

CCSD Principals will analyze individual scores with their Leadership and Data Management Teams to review instruction and curriculum practices, evaluate intervention strategies and set new SAT goals. Counselors also will examine the results to ensure that every student is guided toward and prepared for the entrance examination that best suits their strengths and needs.

“We are extremely proud of the success of our students on the SAT, as this extraordinary accomplishment illustrates how well each of our schools, from preschool through high school, is preparing students for success in higher education and future careers,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. This accomplishment follows the recent release of record-high ACT scores earned by CCSD students and data that shows how few CCSD graduates need remediation at the college level.

“These outstanding achievements would not be possible without the enduring support of our entire community – families, teachers, staff, administrators, business partners, volunteers, taxpayers who support the continuation of our Education SPLOST and a School Board that makes teaching and learning its top priority,” Dr. Hightower said. “Thank you to everyone who is helping us in meeting our mission of Educating the Emerging Generation!”

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CCSD 2016 SAT Results