Virginia SAT Scores Flat, Public Schools Do Better
Virginia’s high school graduates scored higher than the national average on reading and writing in the SAT college-entrance exams and slightly lower than average in mathematics. Charles Fishburne reports that the public school numbers show even more improvement.
Public, private, parochial and home-schooled students who took the test through March had an average score of 510 in critical reading, 497 in writing and 512 in math. The national averages are 501 in critical reading, 492 in writing and 516 in math.
Pyle: But if you look deeper and just look at the performance of the public school students, we see some very good news.
Charles Pyle, Virginia Department of Education.
Pyle: Our public school students in Virginia improved their performance in all three areas tested by the SAT, critical reading, mathematics and writing. You see now four years of continuous growth.
State Superintendent Patricia Wright says the numbers prove Virginia can build on the state SOL standards, while adopting some but not all of the federal guidelines, though that decision did cost the state some potential federal dollars offered as a carrot for full compliance.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News