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DoDEA Announces 2014 SAT® Results

For Immediate Release — October 7, 2014 |
: DoDEA Chief Communications | 571-372-0613
: DoDEA Deputy Chief Communications | 571-372-0614

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA — October 7, 2014 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is making progress in closing the achievement gap for nearly all minority student groups on the 2014 SAT exam. Overall, DoDEA students also continued their high participation rate on the SAT exam and continued to perform better than their national counterparts in Critical Reading.

Significant highlights in DoDEA’s progress toward closing the achievement gap for its minority students on the SAT include:

  • DoDEA student’s 2014 participation rate for the SAT exam of 75% exceeds the national average of 52% (See Figure 1).
  • DoDEA’s average Critical Reading score of 508 exceeds the national average by 11 points (see Table 1).
  • DoDEA’s average scores for Black or African-American students exceed the national average for Black or African-American students in all three subjects, yielding a Composite Score 85 points above the national average for Black or African-American students (see Figure 2).
  • DoDEA average scores for Hispanic students exceed the national average for Hispanic students all three subjects (Critical Reading, Writing, and Mathematics), yielding a Composite Score 89 points above the national average for Hispanic students (See Figure 2).
  • The difference between the average Composite Scores of White and Black or African-American students was reduced 23 points from 2013 (See Table 2).
  • The difference between the average Composite Scores of White and Hispanic students was reduced 64 points from 2013 (See Table 2).

For 2014, DoDEA’s SAT participation rate was 75% (2,318 students), 2 percentage points higher than the 73% participation rate of 2013. The Nation’s 2014 SAT participation rate of 52% is higher than the 2013 participation rate of 50%. DoDEA’s 2014 participation rate of 75% is among the highest in the nation.

DoDEA students’ 2014 SAT average score of 508 in Critical Reading is higher than the national average of 497. This continues a five-year positive trend of exceeding the national average score in Critical Reading.

While DoDEA students’ mean scores in Critical Reading continued their upward trend and exceeding the national average, their 2014 SAT mean scores in writing decreased 4 points from 2013 to 487, matching the national average score in Writing of 487. DoDEA students’ mean 2014 SAT score in Mathematics was 497, a 2-point decrease from 2013 and lower than the national 2014 SAT Mathematics mean score of 513.

“DoDEA’s 2014 SAT results show our progress in reducing the minority achievement gap but present a challenge in our overall achievement results," said Tom Brady, DoDEA Director. “The results indicate we’re doing the right thing for most of our minority students, but our overall results, particularly in Mathematics, underscore the importance of our focus on our College and Career Ready priority, particularly with regard to our pursuit of more rigorous and relevant standards in literacy and mathematics,” he added.

DoDEA’s mean combined score on the 2014 SAT was 1492, a decrease of 5 points compared to the 2013 mean combined score of 1497. The nation’s mean combined score on the 2014 SAT exam was 1497 which is a one point decrease from 2013.

About the SAT®

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 2014 results, visit http://www.collegeboard.org/.

SAT Participation Rate for DoDEA and the Nation

* DoDEA SAT scores include all students who tested through June of their senior year. DoDEA participation rates are calculated by dividing the number of students who took the exam at DoDEA schools and indicated that 2013 was their intended year of graduation by the number of seniors enrolled in April of 2014 according to DoDEA's student information system.


Table 1: Average SAT Scores for the Nation and DoDEA High School Graduating Classes of 2014*
  Number of Test Takers Critical Reading Average Mathematics Average Writing Average Mean Combined Score
2014 DoDEA  2,318 508 497 487 1,492
Nation 1,672,395 497 513 487 1,497
2013 DoDEA  2,289 507 499 491 1,497
Nation 1,660,047 496 514 488 1,498
2012 DoDEA  2,416 503 495 493 1,491
Nation 1,664,476 496 514 488 1,498
* DoDEA SAT scores include all students who tested through June of their senior year    

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*The Hispanic or Latino category includes students who identified themselves as Mexican or Mexican American, Puerto Rican, and Hispanic, Latino, or Latin American. The Other category includes students who identified themselves as American Indian or Alaskan Native, Other, and No Response


Table 2: Average SAT Scores for DoDEA by Race, Ethnicity, and Gender by Year
  Critical Reading Average Mathematics Average Writing Average Composite Score Average
2012 2013 2014 2012 2013 2014 2012 2013 2014 2012 2013 2014
Asian or Pacific Islander 487 496 492 508 513 514 490 483 484 1485 1498 1490
Black or African American 462 465 467 443 444 451 450 446 445 1355 1355 1363
Hispanic or Latino 484 476 493 467 456 474 471 461 475 1422 1393 1442
White 532 542 542 517 528 521 518 521 513 1567 1591 1576
Other 496 493 491 491 495 481 486 484 475 1473 1472 1447
Male 501 505 509 512 511 515 484 482 479 1497 1498 1503
Female 505 509 507 479 488 482 501 500 494 1485 1497 1483
*The Hispanic category includes students who identified themselves as Mexican or Mexican American, Puerto Rican, and Hispanic, Latino, or Latin American. The Other category includes students who identified themselves as American Indian or Alaskan Native, Other, and No Response