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:
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.
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.
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 416 Asian/Pacific Islander students perform lower than their national counterparts on all three subject areas assessed.
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 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 948 White students continue to perform better on the SAT than their national counterparts on two of the subject areas assessed.
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/.