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Virginia's hispanic students had the largest margins, beating their U.S. peers by 46 points in reading.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Students in Virginia outperformed the nation as a whole last year on the SATs, according to data released Thursday by the College Board.
Average scores in the state were up on all three tests: reading, writing and math. Nationwide, reading scores were flat and writing and math scores declined.
"Virginia teachers at all grade levels should take pride in the improving performance of our graduating seniors on the SAT," Superintendent of State Instruction Patricia I. Wright said in a statement.
"The long-term trend on the SAT is up as students are challenged by more rigorous standards as they advance through elementary and middle grades to high school, and ultimately graduate better prepared for their first year of college or the workforce," she said.
Virginia students did not fare so well on state competency exams last year. In results released last week, there were declines in pass rates as academic requirements were strengthened in several key areas.
On the SATs, Virginia students scored an average 512 out of 800 on reading, 21 points higher than the national average. In math, it was 511 versus a national score of 503. On writing, the score was 494, 14 points above average.
"The message in the 2013 SAT results is clear: Virginia students continue to make progress under the Standards of Learning program and the college- and career-ready expectations introduced during the past five years," Virginia Board of Education President David M. Foster said in a statement. "I am particularly gratified by the progress in narrowing achievement gaps, as Virginia's public school students outperformed their counterparts nationally in every demographic subgroup."
Black students outpaced their national peers by 13 points in reading (439 to 426), six points in math (431-425) and 10 points in writing (422-412).
Hispanic students produced even larger margins. They beat the nation by 46 points in reading (491-445), 33 points in math (490-457) and 37 points in writing (474-437).
The test-taking pool in Virginia last year was 53,072 seniors. About 67 percent of public school graduating seniors took the test.
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