By REBECCA LEFTWICH|Oct. 11, 2019 – 6:07 PM

For the fifth consecutive year, the Coweta County School System’s average SAT score was higher than both state and national averages.

The average score for Coweta’s 2019 graduates was 1081 – 42 points above the national average and 33 points above the state average on the college entrance exam, according to the College Board, which administers the SAT.

“I’m proud of our students and teachers,” Coweta County Superintendent of Schools Steve Barker said. “SAT performance, along with other measures, reflect a school system’s emphasis on the rigor of its K-12 curriculum.”

Barker said the community should be proud of students and staff as well.

“I believe these results… reflect the solid work by our whole school system to make Coweta County a great place to live and raise a family,” he said.

While 2019 marked the second year Georgia’s SAT bested the national average, the state’s average dropped six points to 1048 and the national score fell 10 points to 1039. That widened the gap between state and national scores to nine points.

Out of the 394 Georgia high schools reporting SAT scores, Northgate ranked No. 43 (top 11 percent) with an average score of 1123; East Coweta ranked No. 101 (top 26 percent) with an average score of 1070; and Newnan ranked No. 119 (top 30 percent) with an average score of 1057.