Questioning Logic of School “White Flight” to ‘Burbs, Decatur Comes Out On Top in SATDecatur Metro | November 19, 2010 | 3:55 pm
This is pretty interesting.
The AJC’s Maureen Downey – a Decatur resident – recently posted an extensive analysis by a reader that showed white students ITP actually posted better SAT scores than their white counterparts in the ‘burbs the last two years. Both Maureen and the reader states that the analysis was done in reaction to numerous comments on the “Get Schooled” blog that…
“Many suburbanites on this blog contend that they would never send their children to city of Atlanta or DeKalb schools and that’s why they now live in Forsyth or Cobb.”
The reader admits that the SAT analysis is not exhaustive. They didn’t check the scores of every school district in the state. However, they did go through all the urban and suburban districts around Atlanta. (Also note that Downey states later on in a comment, that the AJC did vet the info before posting)
Here’s what “the reader” found:
In 2008-09 (the most recent data included at the state website), the Georgia system with the highest average SAT scores (math and verbal) for its white students appears to be Decatur City (1203); second is Atlanta City (1165); third is Marietta City (1150); and fourth is DeKalb County (1145).
For 2007-08, the top four appear to have been (1) Atlanta (1174); (2) Decatur (1166); (3) DeKalb (1136); and (4) Fulton County (1108). The statewide SAT average for all white students was 1042 in 2008-09 and 1040 in 2007-08
I know from prior discussions with many white parents (especially those whose children do not attend APS schools) that these results will strike some as unbelievable — that white students in Atlanta, Decatur and DeKalb public schools perform better on SATs than white students in Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett, Cherokee, Fayette, Forsyth and possibly (probably?) every other system in the state of Georgia!