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DoDEA Announces 2013 SAT® Results

For Immediate Release — September 26, 2013 | HQ
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ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) students continue their high participation rate on the SAT exam and continue to perform better than their national counterparts in Critical Reading and Writing. DoDEA minority students continue to outperform their national counterparts in all but the Math subject area assessed.

For 2013, DoDEA’s SAT participation rate was 73% (2,289 students), one percentage point lower than the 74% participation rate of 2012. The Nation’s 2013 SAT participation rate of 50% (1,660,047) remains the same as the 2012 participation rate. DoDEA’s 2013 participation rate of 73% is among the highest in the nation.

DoDEA students’ 2013 SAT average scores in Critical Reading and Writing are higher than the national average while their score in Math is lower. The DoDEA SAT mean Critical Reading score of 507 is 11 points above the national mean score of 496 while its SAT mean Writing score of 491 is 3 points above the national mean score of 488. In the Math portion of the SAT, DoDEA’s mean score of 499 is 4 points higher than the 2012 score of 495. The DoDEA Math score of 499 is 15 points below the national mean math score of 514.

Compared to 2012, DoDEA’s Critical Reading and Math mean scores increased by 4 points each, while the Writing mean score decreased by 2 points. The nation’s mean scores in Critical Reading (496), Math (514) and Writing (488) remained the same.

DoDEA’s mean Combined score on the 2013 SAT was 1497, an increase of 6 points compared to last year’s score of 1491. The nation’s mean combined score on the 2013 SAT exam was 1498 and remains the same as last year.

While DoDEA’s SAT results are improving, Mr. Adrian B. Talley, DoDEA’s Principal Deputy Director and Associate Director for Education, said that DoDEA will continue its focus on improving student performance to achieve even greater gains on the 2014 SAT.

“We’re very pleased that our SAT results are continuing to improve,” Mr. Talley said. “However, we aren’t going to be satisfied with small gains. DoDEA will be focusing on achieving, maintaining and sustaining more significant improvements in our SAT results in the coming year,” he said. “We need to look systematically at our instructional operations to determine where our focus needs to be in order to continue our progress with our SAT results. The better we are able to prepare students to perform on the SAT means that our students will have more post-secondary options once they graduate from our schools. Above all, our efforts will be on rigor, relevance, and student-centered learning,” he added.

According to Mr. Talley, to accomplish a long-term significant increase in students’ SAT performance, DoDEA will embark on our journey toward 21st Century reforms to include: adopting the rigorous Common Core State Standards and Common Core Assessments; adopting a research-based, system-wide professional development program to upgrade teacher and leader skills; converting to digital learning environments for instruction, virtual learning and digital textbooks; building and modernizing facilities to align to 21st Century instruction; and adding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-related studies.

The high SAT participation rate indicates that more DoDEA high school students are considering and preparing to attend college. Based on results, DoDEA will focus its efforts on developing and implementing programs and practices that prepare every student for success in college.

To achieve and sustain more significant increases in its SAT scores, DoDEA is also implementing the following steps to address SAT performance:

  • Continuing a world-wide SAT workgroup initiative that meets monthly to examine SAT practices that can be used in schools to support student achievement. This workgroup has made recommendations to schools on reviewing PSAT data and preparing students for the SAT assessment.
  • Continuing in-school reviews of unofficial SAT results one month after each assessment is given in order to determine which students may need additional support.
  • Examining high-performing school districts to learn from their programs that support student success on the SATs.
  • Examining ways to offer SAT classes through DoDEA’s Virtual School in order to support smaller high schools that do not offer SAT preparation classes.

 

To address student performance in the mathematics portion of the SAT, DoDEA has reviewed 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.

Combined mean scores for the DoDEA and the Nation are reported in the graph below.

SAT Mean Combined Score for DoDEA and Nation

 

In 2011, the College Board designed a metric called the SAT Benchmark score to measure the college readiness of groups of students. The College Board determined that the SAT Benchmark score of 1550 on the Total score is associated with a 65% probability of obtaining a first year B- GPA or higher, which in turn is associated with a high likelihood of college success. For the 2011 through 2013 DoDEA and Nation’s College-Bound Seniors, forty-three (43) percent of the SAT takers met the SAT College Readiness Benchmark of 1550.

The mean scores for Critical Reading, Math, and Writing for the DoDEA and the Nation and the participation rates are reported in the chart below. The DoDEA overall participation rate in the SAT exam remains substantially higher than the Nation’s participation rate.

SAT Report for the Nation and DoDEA

Combined mean scores for DoDEA and the Nation are reported by race/ethnicity in the chart below.

Mean SAT Combined Score by Race/Ethnicity

Performance of African-American Students

DoDEA’s 328 African-American test-takers continue to perform better on the SAT than their national counterparts in all three subject areas assessed.

  • DoDEA’s African-American students’ 2013 mean combined score of 1355 is 77 points higher than their national peers’ 2013 mean combined score of 1278. There is no change from their 2012 score. However, the score is 40 points higher than DoDEA’s African American students’ 2011 mean Combined Score of 1315.
  • DoDEA’s African-American students’ 2013 mean Critical Reading score of 465 is 34 points higher than the Nation’s African American students’ 2013 mean Critical Reading score of 431. The 2013 mean Critical Reading score increased by 3 points from the 2012 score for DoDEA and the Nation.
  • DoDEA’s African-American students’ 2013 mean Math score of 444 is 15 points higher than the Nation’s African American students’ 2013 mean Math score of 429. The 2013 Math scores increased by 1 point from the 2012 scores for DoDEA and the Nation.
  • DoDEA’s African-American students’ 2013 mean Writing score of 446 is 28 points higher than the Nation’s African American students’ 2013 mean Writing score of 418. However, DoDEA’s Writing score declined by 4 points from the 2012 Writing score of 450, while the Nation’s African American students’ increased by 1 point from their 2012 score.


Performance of Asian/Pacific Islander Students

DoDEA’s 416 Asian/Pacific Islander students perform lower than their national counterparts on all three subject areas assessed.

  • DoDEA’s Asian/Pacific Islander students’ 2013 Mean Combined Score of 1498 is 147 points lower than their peers’ national 2013 Mean Combined Score of 1645. The 2013 Combined scores have increased by 13 points from the 2012 scores for DoDEA.
  • DoDEA’s Asian/Pacific Islander students’ 2013 Mean Critical Reading score of 496 is 25 points lower than the nation’s Asian/Pacific Islander students’ 2013 Mean Critical Reading score of 521. The 2013 Critical Reading scores have increased by 9 points from the 2012 scores for DoDEA.
  • DoDEA’s Asian/Pacific Islander students’ 2013 Mean Math score of 513 is 84 points lower than the Nation’s Asian/Pacific Islander students’ 2013 Mean Math score of 597. The 2013 Math scores increased by 5 points from 2012 scores for DoDEA.
  • DoDEA’s Asian/Pacific Islander students’ 2013 Mean Writing score of 489 is 38 points higher than the nation’s Asian/Pacific Islander students’ 2013 Mean Writing score of 527. However, DoDEA’s writing score has declined by 1 point from the 2012 Writing score.


Performance of Hispanic Students

DoDEA’s 344 Hispanic test-takers continue to perform better overall on the SAT than their national counterparts in two of the three subject areas assessed.

  • DoDEA’s Hispanic students’ 2013 mean combined score of 1393 is 39 points higher than the Nation’s Hispanic students’ 2013 mean combined score of 1354. However, the 2013 DoDEA mean combined score of 1393 is 39 points lower than the 2012 DoDEA combined score of 1422.
  • DoDEA’s Hispanic students’ 2013 mean Critical Reading score of 476 is 26 points higher than the nation’s Hispanic students’ 2013 mean Critical Reading score of 450. DoDEA’s 2013 Critical Reading score decreased by 8 points from their 2012 combined score of 484. The Nation’s Critical Reading score increased by 2 points to a score of 450.
  • DoDEA’s Hispanic students’ 2013 mean Math score of 456 is 5 points lower than the nation’s Hispanic students’ 2013 mean Math score of 461. DoDEA’s 2013 Math score of 456 decreased 11 points from the 2012 DoDEA Math score of 467. The Nation’s 2013 Math score increased by 1 point from the 2012 score of 461.
  • DoDEA’s Hispanic students’ 2013 mean Writing score of 461 is 18 points higher than the Nation’s Hispanic students’ 2013 mean Writing score of 443. DoDEA’s 2013 Writing score of 461 decreased by 10 points from the 2012 DoDEA Writing score of 471. The Nation’s Math score increased by 1 point in 2013.


Performance of Students in the “Other” Category

DoDEA’s 165 “Other” test-takers did not identify any racial and ethnic designation on the test. On average, students in the “Other” category perform better on the SAT than their national counterparts on two of the subject areas assessed.

  • DoDEA’s “Other students’ 2013 mean combined score of 1498 is 2 points lower than their peers’ national 2013 mean combined score of 1500 and is 12 points higher than DoDEA “Other” students’ 2011 mean combined score of 1486.
  • DoDEA’s “Other” students’ 2013 mean Critical Reading score of 500 is 9 points higher than the nation’s “Other” students’ 2013 mean Critical Reading score of 491. The 2013 Critical Reading scores have increased by 4 points from the 2012 scores for DoDEA.
  • DoDEA’s “Other” students’ 2013 mean Math score of 503 is 16 points lower than the Nation’s “Other” students’ 2013 mean Math score of 519. The 2013 Math scores have increased by 5 points from the 2012 scores for DoDEA.
  • DoDEA’s “Other” students’ 2013 mean Writing score of 495 is 5 points higher than the nation’s “Other” students’ 2013 mean Writing score of 490. However, DoDEA’s Writing score for the “Other” students has increased by 3 points from the 2012 Writing score.


Performance of White Students

DoDEA’s 948 White students continue to perform better on the SAT than their national counterparts on two of the subject areas assessed.

  • DoDEA’s White students’ 2013 mean combined score of 1591 is 15 points higher than their peers’ national 2013 mean combined score of 1576. The 2013 combined score has increased by 24 points from the 2012 scores for DoDEA.
  • DoDEA’s White students’ 2013 mean Critical Reading score of 542 is 25 points higher than the nation’s White students’ 2013 mean Critical Reading score of 527. The 2013 Critical Reading scores have increased by 10 points from the 2012 scores for DoDEA.
  • DoDEA’s White students’ 2013 mean Math score of 528 is 6 points lower than the Nation’s White students’ 2013 mean Math score of 534. The 2013 Math scores have increased by 11 points from 2012 scores for DoDEA.
  • DoDEA’s White students’ 2013 mean Writing score of 521 is 6 points higher than the nation’s White students’ 2013 mean Writing score of 521. DoDEA’s Writing score has increased by 3 points from the 2012 Writing score.


About the SAT®

Beginning with the Class of 2011, SAT results 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 2013, the number of students taking the SAT in their senior year was 1,699 of the 3.127 DoDEA graduating senior class.

The SAT 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 and the 2013 results, visit http://www.collegeboard.org/.