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DoDEA Announces 2010 SAT Results

For Immediate Release — September 20, 2010 | HQ
: DoDEA Educational Communications Officers | (703) 588-3260
: DoDEA Educational Communications Officers | (703) 588-3265

ARLINGTON, VA — September 20, 2010 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) has released the results of its scores on the 2010 SAT exams.

The DoDEA 2010 results reflect increases over DoDEA’s 2009 performance in the three areas assessed—critical reading, math, and writing. DoDEA students’ average score increased 5 points in critical reading, from 505 in 2009 to 510 in 2010. The average score for DoDEA students in mathematics was up 1 point, from 498 in 2009 to 499 in 2010. Finally, DoDEA students’ average score in writing improved 2 points from 492 in 2009 to 494 in 2010. DoDEA’s African American and Hispanic students scored higher than their peers across all three areas assessed.

Nationally, the 2010 average scores in the three areas assessed remained the same in critical reading—501 in 2009 and 2010; increased one point in math, from 515 in 2009 to 516 in 2010; and decreased one point in writing, from 493 to 492. DoDEA’s total average score on the 2010 SAT was 1,503, up 8 points from 2009, but six points less than the 2010 national average score of 1,509.

DoDEA students’ SAT average score in critical reading remains higher than the national average while the score in mathematics is statistically lower. DoDEA students’ average score in writing closely paralleled the national mean score. Mathematics has been and will remain an area of specific focus for DoDEA leaders, with the goal to help students achieve and sustain improved performance in the math portion of the SAT.

“We are pursuing a comprehensive examination in all areas that affect student performance,” said Marilee Fitzgerald, Acting DoDEA Director. “While DoDEA’s performance on the SAT is on a positive trajectory, we want significant gains in our average scores.”

“As we analyze this year’s results, we will be reviewing how well our curriculum standards, sequence of course offerings, instructional practices, and SAT preparatory programs work together to bring about the desired result — increased achievement for all of our students who take the SAT,” Fitzgerald added.

Critical reading, math, and writing results for the DoDEA system, and the nation are reported in the table below:

2006-2010 SAT Results*
DoDEA, DDESS, DoDDS, and the Nation

*SAT scores range from 200 (lowest) to 800 (highest)
SAT 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
DoDEA Critical Reading 515 512 509 505 510
DDESS Critical Reading 495 478 492 478 491
DoDDS Critical Reading 518 516 510 508 512
Nation Critical Reading 503 502 502 501 501
DoDEA Math 512 501 499 498 499
DDESS Math 489 475 480 471 467
DoDDS Math 515 504 501 501 503
Nation Math 518 515 515 515 516
DoDEA Writing 502 495 492 492 494
DDESS Writing 483 463 473 459 468
DoDDS Writing 505 499 494 495 496
Nation Writing 497 494 494 493 492

The DoDEA overall participation rate in the SAT exam remains substantially higher than the nation’s participation rate. For 2010, DoDEA’s SAT participation rate was 68% (2,164 students), while the Nation’s SAT participation rate was 47% (1,547,990 students). Participation rates for DoDEA, DDESS, DoDDS and the Nation are reported in the table below:

2006-2010 SAT Participation Rates
DoDEA, DDESS, DoDDS, and the Nation
SAT Participation 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
DoDEA 65% 65% 66% 67% 68%
DDESS 43% 43% 37% 39% 43%
DoDDS 70% 70% 70% 73% 72%
Nation 48% 48% 45% 46% 47%

In DDESS, 197 students took the SAT exam and 1,967 DoDDS students took the SAT exam. 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.

Performance of African-American Students

In 2010, DoDEA’s African-American student’s scores increased significantly in the three areas. DoDEA’s critical reading score increased by 20 points from 458 in 2009 to 478 in 2010. DoDEA’s math score has increased by 26 points from 443 in 2009 to 469 in 2010. Also, DoDEA’s writing score increased by 5 points from 445 in 2009 to 450 in 2010. DoDEA’s African-American students scored higher than their peers in the Nation on all three test areas; 49 points higher in critical reading; 41 points higher in math; and 30 points higher in writing.

2006-2010 SAT Results for African-American Students
African-American* 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
DoDEA Critical Reading 458 463 462 458 478
Nation Critical Reading 434 433 430 429 429
DoDEA Math 445 448 446 443 469
Nation Math 429 429 426 426 428
DoDEA Writing 447 455 447 445 450
Nation Writing 428 425 424 421 420

Performance of Hispanic Students:

In 2010, DoDEA’s Hispanic students’ scores increased significantly in two test areas. DoDEA’s critical reading score increased by 20 points from 470 in 2009 to 490 in 2010. DoDEA’s math score has increased by 24 points from 464 in 2009 to 488 in 2010. DoDEA’s writing score decreased by 1 point from 458 in 2009 to 457 in 2010. As in past years, DoDEA’s Hispanic students scored above their peers in the Nation in all test areas. DoDEA Hispanic students outperformed their stateside counterparts by 36 points on the critical reading test, 25 points on the math test, and 10 points on the writing test.

2006-2010 SAT Results for Hispanic Students
Hispanic 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
DoDEA Critical Reading 487 471 497 470 490
Nation Critical Reading 456 458 455 454 454
DoDEA Math 476 469 476 464 488
Nation Math 463 463 461 458 463
DoDEA Writing 475 462 477 458 457
Nation Writing 451 450 447 447 447

About the SAT:

The SAT Reasoning Test is a three-hour and 45 minute test that is a measure of the critical thinking skills related to successful performance in college. The 2010 SAT scores reflect the 2006 changes to the SAT which now includes three sections instead of two. The College Board changed the Critical Reading section by removing the section on analogies and by adding short reading passages to existing long reading passages. The Math section was changed by removing quantitative comparisons and by adding topics from third-year college preparatory math. The writing section was new in 2006. SAT scores range from 200 (lowest) to 800 (highest), with the 2010 national average score of 501 for the critical reading test, 516 for the math test and 492 for the writing test. The SAT Reasoning Test is intended to supplement the secondary school record and other information about the student, in assessing readiness for college-level work.

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages the education programs for Department of Defense (DoD) dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA consists of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) located overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) located in the United States and its territories and possessions. DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.


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