For Immediate Release — September 8, 2005 |
Janet Rope: DoDEA, Accountability Administrator
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — September 8, 2005 — Dr. Joseph Tafoya, Director of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), today announced the 2005 SAT I results for the system, showing a strong gain on the verbal portion of the test. The DoDEA results on the verbal section showed an increase of eight points, from 506 in 2004, to 514 in 2005. Results on the math test showed a gain of two points, from 503 in 2004, to 505 in 2005. Seven DoDEA students earned a perfect score of 800 on the verbal test and five DoDEA students earned the top score of 800 in mathematics.
Math and Verbal results for DoDEA, DDESS, DoDDS and the nation are reported in the table below.
The DoDEA overall participation rate increased from 65% in 2004 to 67% in 2005. A total of 2,200 of the 3,303 2005 DoDEA high school graduates took the SAT I. DoDEA students' participation rate of 67% continues to be substantially higher in 2005 than the national participation rate of 49%. The College Board's National Report on 2005 College-Bound Seniors warns that “scores tend to decline with a rise in percentage of test takers.” Participation rate information for DoDEA, DDESS, DoDDS and the nation are reported in the table below.
*Because ACT is the primary college entrance exam for Ft. Campbell and Ft. Knox students, the DDESS participation rate for the SAT is normally lower than the rate for DoDDS.
African-American students scored 23 points higher than their peers in the nation on the verbal test and 17 points higher in math in 2005. Since 2002, African-American students in DoDEA have made a strong gain of 16 points on the math test while maintaining the score of 456 on the verbal test.
Hispanic students in DoDEA outperformed their stateside counterparts in 2005 by 21 points on the verbal test. The DoDEA Hispanic students' verbal score increased by six points from 473 in 2002 to 479 in 2005. DoDEA's Hispanic students' mean math score rose by 9 points from last year to 473 in 2005. There has been a consistent upward trend in the math scores of DoDEA's Hispanic students with the 2005 mean score being eighteen points higher than the 2002 score and eight points higher than the national average for Hispanic students.
The SAT I is a three-hour test that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities, related to successful performance in college. SAT I scores range from 200 (lowest) to 800 (highest), with the 2005 national average score of 508 for the verbal test and 520 for math. The SAT I is intended to supplement the secondary school record and other information about the student, in assessing readiness for college-level work. SAT scores are required by about 80 percent of four-year colleges and universities that have admission requirements.