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:
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/.
|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|
|* DoDEA SAT scores include all students who tested through June of their senior year|
|Table 2: Average SAT Scores for DoDEA by Race, Ethnicity, and Gender by Year|
|Critical Reading Average||Mathematics Average||Writing Average||Composite Score Average|
|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|
|*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|