SAT Scores Achieved by FCPS Students Exceed the State and National Mean Scores

SAT Scores Achieved by FCPS Students Exceed the State and National Mean Scores
Posted on 09/26/2017
SAT achieve moreFor Immediate Release
September 26, 2017
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The overall mean score of Frederick County Public Schools’ students who took the revised SAT in 2016-17 exceeded both the state and national mean scores. According to information released by the College Board, Frederick County’s mean score of 1119 exceeded the all-schools state mean score by 17 points and the all-schools national mean score by 59 points. The performance of public, private, parochial and homeschooled students is included in the all-schools mean scores.

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “We are very pleased that the mean score of our students who took the SAT last year exceeded both the state and national mean scores. Although SAT scores are a single academic indicator and fluctuate based on a number of factors, the success our students enjoyed on the SAT last year indicates that the rigorous coursework being offered to students is not only challenging them academically, but helping prepare them to be successful on the SAT and as they continue their education or enter the workforce following graduation.”

Prior to March 2016, the SAT included four components- critical reading, writing, math and an essay. Since March 2016, a new SAT comprised of an evidence-based reading and writing section and a math section has been administered. An essay is now optional for those taking the SAT.

The College Board revised the SAT last year to better align with content students learn in high school as well as the skills and knowledge identified as important to success in college. Unlike the previous version of the SAT, which was scored on an overall scale ranging from 600 to 2400, the new SAT is scored on an overall scale ranging from 400 to 1600. Both the evidence-based reading and writing and math portions of the SAT are worth up to 800 points, making a perfect score 1600.