Cabarrus County high schoolers outperformed their peers across the state and nation on the SAT this year, while upping the school system's overall performance from a year ago.
Iredell-Statesville Schools also beat the state and nation, although the system's average score dropped from a year ago.
Among the highest performing schools in the Cabarrus-Lake Norman region were North Mecklenburg High School, 1102; Lake Norman High, 1071; Jay M. Robinson, 1066; and Hickory Ridge, 1061.
Cabarrus students averaged a score of 1038 on the mathematics and critical reading segments of the exam, compared with the state average of 1008 and national average of 1017.
That ranks Cabarrus County Schools 16th in the state, up five places from last year.
"We know that the SAT is an excellent indicator of student performance in college and are pleased that our students are doing well on this important measurement tool," Superintendent Barry Shepherd said in announcing the system's results last week. "We certainly are proud of our students' performance."
More Cabarrus students also took the SAT this year, 908 compared with 842 in 2009. The percentage of students tested increased from 55.3 percent last year to 58.6 percent this year.
Critical reading scores in Cabarrus increased to 508 from 499 last year. Math scores climbed from 519 to 530, while students slipped one point, to 489, on the writing section.