Forsyth Schools post top test scores, graduation rates in state



FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The school year may have just begun, but Forsyth County Schools is still raking in applause from last year.

The district has the highest graduation rate among Metro Atlanta county school districts and the highest graduation rate in the state for districts graduating more than 550 students.

The district’s graduation rate of 94.4 percent is also higher than the state average graduation rate and higher than the district’s 2016 score of 92.7 percent. All high schools in Forsyth County were above the state graduate rate.

North Forsyth High School graduated 91 percent, Forsyth Central High School graduated 91.5 percent, West Forsyth High School graduated 92.6 percent, South Forsyth High School graduated 97 percent and Lambert High School graduated 98.6 percent.

Superintendent Jeff Bearden congratulated and thanked staff for their hard work and leadership.

“Our goal will always be a 100 percent graduation rate,” Bearden said. “As we have grown as a school district, our student achievement has continued to increase. Each year we are improving our community partnerships and getting closer to achieving our goal that every child in Forsyth County graduates from high school.”

High schools within the district again earned the highest average SAT scores among large districts in Georgia. The average score of 1146 was higher than the state average of 1050 and the national average of 1060.

Forsyth Central High had a total mean score of 1091, North Forsyth High at 1117, West Forsyth High at 1127, South Forsyth High at 1186 and Lambert High at 1187.

Bearden said all district students, staff, parents, community and business members should be proud of the scores.

“Improving the academic, social and emotional opportunities for our children is a community focus,” Bearden said.

Forsyth County Schools partners with the Forsyth County Public Library and Georgia Highlands Medical Services to reach beyond K-12, to focus on birth to age 5 to ensure all students begin school prepared to learn, he said.

“We know that when students begin school with appropriate literacy and numeracy skills they are far more likely to experience earlier success,” Bearden said. “This early community investment will pay dividends for many years to come.”

According to the Georgia Department of Education, the 2017 SAT results set a new baseline for future year-to-year comparisons and cannot be compared to previous results.

Results from earlier reports were based on a different score scale and different benchmarks.

The 2017 results reflect test-takers from the 2017 graduating class who took the new SAT, or 93 percent of the cohort. They do not factor in performance on the old SAT.

Furthermore, the district also earned the highest ACT score in the state for the third consecutive year with a composite score of 24.5.

Three high schools, Lambert High, South Forsyth High and West Forsyth High, were in the top 25 highest scores out of all high schools in Georgia.

Additionally, all five high schools in the district scored above the state average score of 21.4 and national composite at 21.

Forsyth Central High had a 2017 composite of 22.8, North Forsyth High had 23.1, West Forsyth High had 24.1, South Forsyth High had 25.3 and Lambert High had 25.5.

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