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Sept. 14, 2011

 

Texas sees huge growth in SAT participation

 

AUSTIN – Data released today by the College Board shows that over the past five years, Texas has experienced a huge increase in the number of college-bound minority students who take the SAT college admissions test.

The number of Hispanic students in Texas public schools who took the SAT between the 2006-2007 school year and the 2010-2011 school year increased by 57.7 percent.

Over the same five-year period, the number of African-American SAT examinees in the public schools increased 43.4 percent, while the number of Asian examinees in Texas increased 23.4 percent.  The number of all Texas public school students taking the test increased by 21.6 percent during this period.

 “There is clearly an increase in the college-going culture in this state. Whether it’s elementary schools decorated with college pennants, new high-tech science and technology programs or expanding dual enrollment and Advanced Placement courses, there is a synergy in Texas that is causing more students to consider going to college,” Commissioner of Education Robert Scott said.

The latest data shows that 147,960 students or 54 percent of the Class of 2011 who graduated from Texas public schools took the SAT.  The figure rises to 58 percent when private school students are included in the calculation.

Texas ranked 18th  in public school student participation. Around the country, the public school participation rate ranged from 100 percent in Maine to three percent each in Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota.

States with the lowest participation rates typically have the highest test scores, while those that draw from a larger pool have lower scores.

Minority public school students in Texas outpaced their counterparts nationally on the mathematics test. Hispanic students in Texas, who represent 24 percent of all the Hispanics nationally who took the SAT, increased their mean mathematics score by one point, to 467. The score for Hispanics nationally fell one point to 460.

African-American public school students in Texas, who represent about 12 percent of all African-American students tested nationally, increased their mean mathematics score two points to 438, substantially higher than the score of 425 posted nationally by African-American public school students.  The math scores for this group nationally dropped one point.

Below are the scores and participation information for the three-part test, which consists of critical reading, mathematics and writing sections.

  

Texas Public School Student Group*

Number of Class of 2011 test takers

Critical Reading

Mathematics

Writing

African-American

21,694

422

438

411

Change from 2010

15.80%

-1

+2

-4

Asian American

10,012

522

582

520

Change from 2010

13.50%

-3

-2

-3

Hispanics Overall

50,662

438

467

428

Change from 2010

21.60%

-5

+1

-6

White

59,989

518

539

499

Change from 2010

11.60%

-4

-2

-5

     

*This represents only the state's major ethnic groups.

   
     

Student group

Number of test takers

Critical Reading

Mathematics

Writing

Texas - public schools

147,960

475

500

461

Change from 2010

15.70%

-5

-2

-7

Nation - public schools

1,267,239

494

506

483

Change from 2010

10.90%

-3

-4

-3

Texas - all schools

166,012

479

502

465

Change from 2010

7.90%

-4

-2

-7

Nation - all schools

1,647,123

497

514

489

Change from 2010

3.10%

-3

-1

-2

The higher education institutions that received the most SAT score reports in 2011 were, in order:

  1. University of Texas at Austin
  2. Texas A&M University in College Station
  3. Texas State University in San Marcos
  4. Baylor University in Waco
  5. University of Texas at San Antonio

 

Contact:

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Austin, Texas 78757
Phone: (512) 463-9000
E-mail: teainfo@tea.state.tx.us

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