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     Sept. 24, 2012

     

    SAT participation climbs in Texas  

     

    AUSTIN – Over the past five years, Texas experienced a dramatic increase in the number of Hispanic and African-American public school students taking the SAT, a sign that more Texans are considering enrolling in college.

    New data released today by the College Board shows the number of Hispanic test takers in Texas public schools increased by 65 percent between the 2007-2008 school year and last school year.

    The number of African-American public school students taking the SAT increased by 42 percent, while Asian participation increased by 29 percent during this same. The number of white SAT test takers increased by 9 percent.

    “We are clearly building a college-going culture in Texas.  The increased minority participation is important to the health of this state because of our changing demographics,” said Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams.

    Hispanics were the largest ethnic group in last year’s senior class. There were 135,357 Hispanics in a total public school class of 298,379 students. The second largest group was white students with 105,829 enrolled.

    Public school student test takers*

    2007-2008

    2011-2012

    Percent Increase

    Asian American

    8,016

    10,352

    29%

    African American

    16,324

    23,110

    42%

    Hispanic

    34,611

    57,118

    65%

    White

    55,235

    60,100

    9%

    * Largest ethnic groups in Texas schools

     

     

     

     

    Among last year’s graduating class, 156,486 public school students or 58 percent of the class took the SAT, a 5.7 percent increase in participation from the Class of 2011. When private school and home schooled students are included, the number grows to 172,802 or 62 percent of the seniors who took the three-part exam. That is a 4.1 percent increase in participation over the previous year.

    Consistent with score patterns seen on the state’s new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness or STAAR™ end-of-course exams, Texas public school students earned their highest scores on the mathematics section of the SAT with the lowest scores earned on the writing exams.

    Asian Texans earned the highest scores on each part of the test, which covers reading, mathematics and writing.

    Twenty-one Texans in the Class of 2012 earned a perfect score of 2400 or 800 on each of the three sections. Eighteen members of the Class of 2011 had perfect scores.

    However, scores for the Class of 2012 fell overall for public school students in Texas and nationally. When public, private and homeschooled students are all included, scores fell in Texas on all three parts and on two parts of the test nationally. Nationally, the mean mathematics score remained at 514.

    Below are the scores for the Class of 2012.

     

    Test Takers

    Increase in Test Takers

    Mean Critical Reading

    Mean Critical Math

    Mean Writing

    Texas - Public Schools

    5.70%

    470

    496

    456

    Change from last year

     

    -5

    -4

    -5

    National - Public Schools

    1.20%

    491

    505

    481

    Change from last year

     

    -2

    -1

    -1

    Texas - All Schools

    4.10%

    474

    499

    461

    Change from last year

     

    -5

    -3

    -4

    National - All Schools

    1.10%

    496

    514

    488

    Change from last year

     

    -1

    0

    -1

    According to the College Board, “It is common for mean scores to decline as the number of students taking an exam increases because more students of varied academic backgrounds are represented in the college-going process. This was the case in Texas, where initiatives designed to increase college-going have brought many more students into the testing process.”

    Williams said, “While I am pleased with the increased participation, we must improve our students’ readiness for success in college. I am hopeful that changes the state has made in recent years to our curriculum standards, graduation requirements, assessment and accountability systems will result in improved performance.”

    Texas ranked 19th in public school student participation. Participation ranged from 100 percent in Delaware and Maine to 2 percent in North Dakota.  

    Below are the scores for each major student group.

     

    TX. Public
    School
    Students

    Mean
    Critical
    Reading

    Mean
    Critical
    Math

    Mean
    Writing

    TX - All
    schools

    Mean
    Critical
    Reading

    Mean
    Critical
    Math

    Mean
    Writing

    American Indian

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2011-2012

    495

    509

    472

     

    500

    512

    477

    2010-2011

    496

    508

    470

     

    500

    509

    474

    2007-2008

    496

    503

    478

     

    498

    504

    482

    Asian American

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2011-2012

    520

    580

    518

     

    521

    582

    521

    2010-2011

    522

    582

    520

     

    522

    583

    521

    2007-2008

    519

    576

    518

     

    517

    576

    517

    African American

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2011-2012

    420

    436

    408

     

    421

    436

    409

    2010-2011

    422

    438

    411

     

    423

    438

    412

    2007-2008

    424

    432

    422

     

    425

    431

    423

    Hispanic

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2011-2012

    432

    463

    423

     

    434

    463

    425

    2010-2011

    438

    467

    428

     

    439

    467

    430

    2007-2008

    443

    460

    436

     

    446

    461

    439

    White

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2011-2012

    517

    538

    496

     

    522

    540

    502

    2010-2011

    518

    539

    498

     

    522

    540

    504

    2007-2008

    521

    538

    509

     

    524

    538

    512

    Overall

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2011-2012

    470

    496

    456

     

    474

    499

    461

    2010-2011

    475

    500

    461

     

    479

    502

    465

    2007-2008

    483

    501

    474

     

    487

    502

    478

     

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