Students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) class of 2011 outperformed their peers in Virginia and the nation on the SAT test. FCPS scores are 39 points above the state’s average in Critical Reading, 54 points above the state’s average in Mathematics, and 45 points above the state’s average in Writing. SAT results compiled by the College Board show that FCPS students posted average scores of 551 in Critical Reading, 563 in Mathematics, and 540 in Writing for an overall composite score of 1654, down from last year’s overall composite score of 1663 (see Table 1). Slight decreases were also observed in state and national composites.
Five schools in Fairfax County made one-year gains in all three sections: Centreville High School, Hayfield Secondary School, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Madison High School, and Woodson High School. Students at Lake Braddock Secondary School posted the greatest gains by increasing the school’s Critical Reading average by 13 points, the Mathematics average by 2 points, and the Writing average by 10 points. Students at Hayfield Secondary School posted the second highest gains, raising the Critical Reading average by 8 points, the Mathematics average by 4 points, and the Writing average by 10 points (see Table 2).
Of the 25 high schools in FCPS, 15 saw an increase in their Critical Reading average, 11 saw an increase in their Mathematics average, and 10 saw an increase in their Writing average over the last year. Fairfax High School and Madison High School students made steady gains in Critical Reading in each of the last three years while students at Mount Vernon High School made steady gains in both Critical Reading and Mathematics over the last three years.
Fairfax County Public Schools VA News Release: http://commweb.fcps.edu/newsreleases/newsrelease.cfm?newsid=1795
NOTE: Fairfax County Public Schools did analysis of College Board data that includes only students from FCPS’ class of 2011 in its results (see Table 4).
NOTE: College Board data may include the scores of students from other jurisdictions and students who are home schooled who took the SAT in Fairfax County high schools. The FCPS analysis uses the test scores of students who were members of the senior class in June 2011—based on the FCPS student information system— and race-ethnic designations taken from school registration records. The FCPS analysis excludes all non-FCPS students as well as students who were tested while enrolled in FCPS but who moved or may have been retained and were not part of the senior class.
Overall nationwide SAT scores decreased.
Maryland’s average SAT score fell six points to 1,492 out of 2,400 — eight points below the national average of 1,500. Virginia dropped five points but kept its head above the nation with an average composite score of 1,516.
The nationwide decrease is a trend several experts called alarming. College Board, the nonprofit that administers the test, has identified a score of 1,550 as a “benchmark,” indicating a 65 percent likelihood that a student will achieve a B- or higher as a college freshman.
The average critical reading score dipped to 497 nationwide out of 800, the lowest score in the test’s 40-year history. The average writing score also hit its lowest point, 489, since the writing portion was introduced in 2006. Math remained relatively stable at 514, a mark it has fluctuated around in the last 10 years.
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/dc/2011/09/sat-scores-fall-across-area-and-nation#ixzz1Y4AiAT25
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