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      Horry County students' SAT scores soar over national average

      Students in Horry County Schools are helping the school district make history.

      Horry County Schools experienced a one-year gain of 30 points on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) according to Teal Britton, Public Information Officer for Horry County Schools. That kind of gain has never happened in the district's history.

      The three-part composite for the 2013 tests for Critical Reading, Math and Writing is now 1512. That is 14 points above the national average of 1498. The number is also 76 points above the state average of 1436.

      The gains made in 2013 are higher than ever before and exceed all expectations for annual growth, according to Britton. She said the students taking the tests were the most prepared in the district's history, having taken the most number of core academic courses and the most number of Advanced Placement courses and exams.

      The amount of students who took the SAT also went up two percent to 45 percent in 2013 from 43 percent in 2012.

      Eight schools are above the national average: Socastee High School: 1573 (+77) Aynor High School: 1546 (+84) St. James High School: 1524 (+58) North Myrtle Beach High School: 1520 (-57) Carolina Forest High School: 1514 (-7) Loris High School: 1513 (+59) Academy for Arts, Science and Technology: 1508 (-60) Academy for Technology and Academics: 1504 (+69)

      Conway High School (1425) gained 45 points on the three-part test, and Myrtle Beach High School (1466) gained 33 points. Green Sea Floyds High School (1457) slipped 57 points, but remains above the state average.

      The HCS Early College High School's composite of 1384 represents only 13 students of the graduating class.