ARLINGTON, VA — October 4, 2011 — More DoDEA students took the 2011 SAT exam than in previous years and they continue to perform better than their national counterparts in critical reading. DoDEA minority students also continue to outperform their national counterparts in the majority of subject areas assessed.
For 2011, DoDEA's SAT participation rate was 74% (2,382 students), compared to 68% in 2010. The Nation's 2011 SAT participation rate was 50% (1,647,123 students). DoDEA's 2011 participation rate of 74% is the highest in the past five years and among the highest in the nation.
DoDEA students' 2011 SAT average score in Critical Reading remains higher than the national average while their score in Math is lower. DoDEA students' 2011 average score in writing equaled the national mean score. The DoDEA SAT mean Critical Reading score of 503 is 6 points above the national mean score of 497 while its SAT mean Math score of 495 was 19 points below the national mean score of 514. In the writing portion of the SAT, DoDEA's mean score was 489, equal to the national mean score.
The 2011 SAT mean total scores for the nation and DoDEA declined in comparison with 2010. The nation's mean total score for the SAT exam was down 9 points from 1509 in 2010 to 1500 in 2011. DoDEA's mean total score on the 2011 SAT was 1487, down 16 points from DoDEA's 2010 results.
The high SAT participation rate indicates that more DoDEA high school students are considering and preparing for college attendance. Based on results, DoDEA will focus its efforts on developing and implementing programs and practices that prepare every student for success in college. DoDEA is reviewing nationally recognized and stronger SAT preparation programs that would allow students to take advantage of virtual exam preparation programs.
DoDEA has been reviewing its mathematics program over the past several years to restructure its curriculum and refine instructional practices to improve student performance in this content area. With the beginning of School Year 2011-2012, new mathematics instructional materials were delivered to schools to provide focus on addressing conceptual understanding of mathematics concepts. DoDEA has also placed secondary school mathematics specialists in each district to support efforts to improve mathematics instruction in secondary schools, provide teachers with training that focuses on implementing technology resources, and improve formative assessment practices that will identify individual student needs and help to better differentiate instruction. Educational researchers will also work with districts to assist curriculum specialists in analyzing PSAT data to identify areas of weakness and evaluate instruction in classrooms.
The 2011 SAT results reflect a change in the way the College-Bound Seniors cohort was determined. Traditionally the College Board, who administers the SAT, included only those students who tested for the SAT through March of their senior year in the College-Bound Seniors cohort. However, the College Board observed a trend in which more seniors were taking the SAT for the first time in May or June of their senior year. Beginning with the Class of 2011, College-Bound Seniors cohort data reflects all students in a graduating class who took the SAT at least once through June of their senior year. College-Bound Seniors data (full cohort to include Seniors taking the SAT in May or June) will use the 2011 results as the benchmark for future trends.
Critical Reading, Math, and Writing results for the DoDEA system, and the nation are reported in the table below. The DoDEA overall participation rate in the SAT exam remains substantially higher than the nation's participation rate.
|Year||Number of SAT-Takers||Percent Participation||Mean Critical Reading||Mean Math Score||Mean Writing Score|
SAT results and participation rates for the nation, DoDEA, DoDEA Americas, DoDEA Europe, and DoDEA Pacific are reported in the table below:
|Number of SAT-Takers||Percent Participation||Mean Critical Reading||Mean Math Score||Mean Writing Score|
DoDEA's African-American students continue to perform better on the SAT overall than their national counterparts as well as in all three subjective areas assessed.
|DoDEA Critical Reading||463||462||458||478||447|
|Nation Critical Reading||433||430||429||429||428|
DoDEA's Hispanic students continue to perform better overall on the SAT than their national counterparts as well as in two of the three areas assessed.
|DoDEA Critical Reading||471||497||470||490||476|
|Nation Critical Reading||458||455||454||454||451|
About the SAT:
In 2011, the number of May-June senior test-takers had grown to almost 3% of the national and 5% of the DoDEA graduating senior class. Beginning with the Class of 2011, SAT results will include all students in who took the SAT through June of their senior year to provide a more inclusive view of each graduating senior class. In the past, SAT results were reported for students who tested through March of their senior year.
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 SAT Reasoning Test is intended to supplement the secondary school record and other information about the student, in assessing readiness for college-level work.
For more information about the SAT Assessment, visit www.collegeboard.org.