Virginia Students Outperform Peers Nationwide on SAT

September 14, 2010

Virginia’s 2010 public school graduates increased their achievement and outperformed their peers nationwide on all three sections of the SAT college-admissions test, according to results released Monday by the College Board.

The commonwealth’s 2010 public school graduates achieved two-point increases in both critical reading and mathematics, and a one-point increase on the writing component of the test.

In the last ten years, average scores of Virginia public school students on the SAT have increased by five points in reading and 15 points in mathematics. This compares with a national decline of four points in reading and a gain of one point in mathematics.

“Virginia students are extending trend lines of higher and higher achievement on both national college admissions tests,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said. “Monday's SAT results show that the commonwealth’s public schools continue to move forward under the Standards of Learning.”

Virginia public school students achieved at higher levels than public school students nationwide on all three SAT subsections:

- The average reading score of 511 for Virginia public school students is 13 points higher than the national average

- The average mathematics score of 513 for Virginia public school students is two points higher

- The average writing score of 496 for Virginia public school students is eight points higher

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