PRESS RELEASE – September 26, 2017

The College Board released information regarding SAT results for the class of 2017.

Because of the changes in the design of the SAT, the performance of 2017 graduates can not be compared with the achievement of graduates in previous years.  Students who took the test from March 2016 forward will take the new test.  The redesign eliminated the writing subtest and changed reading to include Evidence based Reading and Writing (ERW).  Information and resources to prepare for the new test may be found at:

Fluvanna County Public Schools graduates outscored Virginia public school graduates and their nationwide peers in all areas, as follows:

  • Fluvanna’s overall score surpassed the state’s public school students by 14 points and the nation by 65 points.
  • In the area of Reading & Writing, Fluvanna surpassed the state’s public school average by 11 points and the nation by 42 points.
  • Fluvanna’s math score of 540 surpasses state public school and national averages by 2 and 23 points respectively.

Fluvanna’s black graduates surpassed state and national averages for public schools students in all areas.  The overall score for Fluvanna exceeded the national public school average by 31 points.

Fluvanna, Virginia, and National Public School Mean SAT Scores
  Overall Reading & Writing Mathematics
Fluvanna State Nation Fluvanna State Nation Fluvanna State Nation
Class of 2017 1109 1095 1044 569 558 527 540 538 517

When comparing Fluvanna County Public School’s performance of graduates to all students, the Class of 2017 surpassed all national averages and surpassed state averages in the overall score and the Reading and Writing area.  The school division was only one point below the state average in the area of mathematics.

Fluvanna, Virginia, and National All-Schools Mean SAT Scores
  Overall Reading & Writing Mathematics
Fluvanna State Nation Fluvanna State Nation Fluvanna State Nation
Class of 2017 1109 1102 1060 569 561 533 540 541 527

Fifty-three percent of seniors took the SAT which matched the rate for the class of 2016.  Sixty-three percent of Virginia’s 2017 public school graduates took the SAT, which is the predominant admissions test in Virginia.

In an effort to increase SAT participation, Fluvanna County Public Schools will offer an SAT testing day at the High School free of charge to all interested seniors.  Testing will take place on

Wednesday, October 11.  During the 2016-17 school year, Fluvanna County High School began offering PSAT testing to all students in Grades 8 through 11.  This option gives students the opportunity to gain experience with the college admissions tests and gives the school information to better target instruction to student needs.

The High School continues to offer after-school SAT and ACT preparation programs to help students better prepare for the assessment.  Guidance counselors also encourage students to take higher level mathematics courses to better prepare them to meet admissions criteria.  All students who are interested in pursuing higher education are encouraged to take the SAT or ACT.  It is recommended that Juniors test in the spring and Seniors test in the Fall.

“It is hoped by giving our students exposure and additional practice with these college admissions assessments, and by using the data to inspire instruction, our students will reach new levels,” stated Ms. Brenda Gilliam, Executive Director for Instruction and Finance.

For additional information contact Brenda Gilliam, Executive Director for Instruction and Finance at 434-589-8208 or

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