Dare County's Class of 2013 Soars with SAT Scores and Graduation Rates
Dare County's Class of 2013 Soars with SAT and Graduation Rates
With SAT Scores and Graduation Rate

Dare County students earned an average score of 1024 on the mathematics and critical reading (formerly known as “verbal”) sections on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). It was the thirteenth year in a row that Dare’s average scores exceeded 1000.

Dare continued to test a high percentage of students, with a participation rate of 75.5 percent, compared to only 62 percent of public school students in North Carolina and only 50 percent of public school students in the United States. Despite testing a broader spectrum of students, Dare’s average score of 1024 was above the state average of 1001 and the national average of 1010. For the fifth year in a row, Chapel Hill/Carrboro was the only one of North Carolina’s 115 school districts to have both a higher participation rate and a higher SAT score than Dare’s.

The Class of 2013 also posted Dare County’s highest on-time graduation rate ever, with 91.4 percent graduating in four years or less. For the seventh year in a row, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction recognized Dare County for having one of the Top Ten highest graduation rates.

“We’ve very proud of the accomplishments of The Class of 2013,” said Superintendent Sue F. Burgess. “Congratulations to them and their parents.” Burgess attributed the continuing success to the efforts of teachers, counselors, administrators, and the students themselves.

“It’s important that over 75 percent of our students are taking the SAT,” said Burgess, which indicates to her that teachers and counselors are encouraging the majority of students to set their sights on continuing their education after their high school days are over. She cautioned that comparing Dare’s SAT scores with school districts that test a smaller percentage of students “is like comparing apples to oranges. It’s much easier to make a strong showing if you test only the most advanced students.”