Cobb students lead metro, top state and national peers on SAT

Cobb Schools students lead on recent SAT results

Each Fall, the Georgia Board of Education announces how the most recent graduating class performed on the SAT. This year is no different. Cobb students also once again led their state and metro peers and widened the gap with their national peers.

With an SAT mean score of 1,104 out of a maximum possible 1,600 points, Cobb students led the state’s SAT average of 1,045 by 59 points and the national average of 1,003 by 101 points. The scores include the most recent for each student expected to graduate in 2023.

Looking at other metro Atlanta districts, Cobb students outscored their metro peers and widened the gap with students in Fulton to 19 points and Marietta City to 52 points. Cobb students topped their Gwinnett peers by 13 points, Dekalb by 111 points, and Atlanta by 155 points. 


“Our schools are focused on teaching and learning and helping each individual student succeed. That is why Cobb students continue to outscore their peers around the metro, state, and nation. I am thankful for the hard-working Cobb educators and engaged parents who help our students reach their full potential,” said Board Chair Brad Wheeler.

Cobb students recorded a mean score of 541 out of a maximum of 800 on the math section compared to the nation’s score of 493—48 points below Cobb. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, Cobb students posted 563, topping the nation’s score of 510 by 53 points.

Looking at the success at the local school level, six Cobb high schools returned average scores at or above 1,100. With a 12-point increase, McEachern High School was one of the Cobb schools that increased their scores in 2023. 

Cobb’s top-performing high schools - Walton High School (1255), Wheeler High School (1184), and Lassiter High School (1183)—outscored their national peers by 252 points, 181 points, and 180 points, respectively. 

“I am extremely proud of Georgia’s students as they continue to beat the national average on the SAT,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “This is a testament to the hard work of students and teachers, along with the families who have invested in them. It’s also confirmation that Georgia is on the right track as we continue to heavily invest in academic recovery and address lost learning opportunities for every student in every school.”