DoDEA Announces 2016 SAT® Results

For Immediate Release — September 30, 2016 | HQ
: Director, Communications | 571-372-0613
: Deputy Director, Communications | 571-372-0614

ALEXANDRIA, VA — September 30, 2016 — The Department of Defense Education Activity's (DoDEA's) mean combined score on the 2016 SAT was nearly 30 points higher than the national average.

DoDEA's 2016 SAT results improved in all subject areas and DoDEA's 2016 scores are the highest reported in the past five years.

Significant highlights in DoDEA's overall results include:

  • DoDEA students scored higher than students nationally in both critical reading and writing (Table 1).
  • DoDEA's average critical reading score was 516; 22 points higher than the national average.
  • DoDEA's average writing score was 489, 7 points higher than the national average (Table 1).
  • DoDEA students scored lower in mathematics when compared to students nationally (Table 1).
  • DoDEA's average math score is 506, which is two points lower than the national average (Table 1).
  • DoDEA's mean combined score on the 2016 SAT was 1511, 27 points higher than the national average of 1484 (Table 1).

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

  • DoDEA's average scores for Black or African-American students exceed the national average for Black or African-American students in all three subjects (Critical Reading, Writing, and Mathematics), yielding a Composite Score 104 points above the national average for Black or African-American students (Table 2).
  • DoDEA average scores for Hispanic students exceed the national average for Hispanic students in all three subjects (Critical Reading, Writing, and Mathematics), yielding a Composite Score 95 points above the national average for Hispanic students (Table 2).
  • The gap between DoDEA's average composite score between White and Black/African American students is smaller than the difference between these groups nationally (227 points vs 302 points, Figure 1).
  • The gap between DoDEA's average composite score between White and Hispanic students is smaller than the difference between these groups nationally (169 points vs 235 points, Figure 1).

"DoDEA's 2016 SAT results particularly the gain in reading and mathematics, reflect the excellent and dedicated work by our educators around the world and indicate our focus on more rigorous and relevant College and Career Ready Standards is a step in the proper direction," said Thomas M. Brady, DoDEA Director. "Our results also indicate we're continuing our positive momentum and leading the way in narrowing the minority achievement gap."

The College Board implemented some changes in SAT testing during the 2015-2016 school year that impacts the way the data can be reported and comparisons made to previous year's results.

  • In March of 2016 College Board released the new SAT and students began taking the test in the new format. The performance data for this year only includes results for students who took the test prior to March 2016, since most of the students who graduated in 2016 took the old SAT.
  • College Board also changed the way that it collects and reports race/ethnicity data by aligning their categories to the U.S. Department of Education guidelines. For example, prior to the 2015/2016 school year College Board collected data on the Hispanic ethnicity using three separate categories (Mexican or Mexican American; Other Hispanic, Latino or Latin American; Puerto Rican). Starting in the 2015/2016 school year and for all subsequent years College Board will collect Hispanic ethnicity using only a single category (Hispanic or Latino). IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT DATA
  • Please see https://www.collegeboard.org/program-results/overview-sat-suite-assessments/important-notes-data for more information on changes to the collection and reporting of the SAT data for the 2015/16 school year. .
  • The 2016 graduating cohort file only included scores for students who took the SAT prior to March of 2016, previous years files included scores for students who took the SAT through June. College Board advises "against comparing SAT results for the class of 2016 to those of older SAT data sets by graduating cohort because the total population of students is defined differently."
  • During the 2015-2016 school year, College Board aligned its race/ethnicity data collection and reporting categories to align to the U.S. Department of Education guidelines. Race/Ethnicity data from 2015/16 should not be compared to previous years since "the information was collected and reported based on different data rules."

About the SAT®

The SAT is a 3-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 2016 results, visit http://www.collegeboard.org/.

For more information about DoDEA’s 2016 SAT results, please see the tables and charts below.

Table 1
Table 1: Average SAT Scores for the Nation and DoDEA High School Graduating Class of 2016
Number of Test Takers Critical Reading Average Mathematics Average Writing Average Mean Combined Score
DoDEA 2,049 516 506 489 1,511
Nation 1,637,589 494 508 482 1,484
* SAT scores include all students who tested prior to March of their senior year.
Figure 1

SAT Results 2016 - Figure 1: DoDEA and National Average SAT Combined Scores by Race and Ethnicity for 2016

 

 
Table 2
Table 2: Average SAT Scores for the Nation and DoDEA High School Graduating Class of 2016
  Number of Test Takers Critical Reading Average Mathematics Average Writing Average Mean Combined Score
All Students DoDEA 2,049 516 506 489 1,511
Nation 1,637,589 494 508 482 1,484
Asian DoDEA 283 499 523 484 1,505
Nation 196,735 529 602 534 1,665
Black or African American DoDEA 249 475 455 443 1,374
Nation 199,306 430 425 415 1,270
Hispanic or Latino DoDEA 379 493 474 465 1,432
Nation 355,829 448 453 436 1,337
Two or More Races DoDEA 154 504 501 469 1,475
Nation 28,460 511 505 488 1,504
White DoDEA 835 548 532 520 1,601
Nation 742,436 528 533 511 1,572
No Response DoDEA 93 496 493 482 1,471
Nation 84,070 451 501 452 1,404
Other DoDEA 28 537 506 498 1,541
Nation 20,604 496 519 491 1,506
Male DoDEA 997 513 517 479 1,509
Nation 762,247 495 524 475 1,508
Female DoDEA 1,052 519 495 498 1,513
Nation 875,342 493 494 487 1,474
* SAT scores include all students who tested prior to March of their senior year.