SATs Drop Again, as Test-Optional Movement Surges

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for release Tuesday, September 27, 2016

“OLD” SAT SCORES DROP AGAIN;
NUMBER OF STUDENTS TAKING SAT SUBJECT TESTS CONTINUES TO DECLINE;
AT SAME TIME, TEST-OPTIONAL ADMISSIONS MOVEMENT SURGES
AS 32 MORE SCHOOLS SAY THEY WILL IGNORE SAT/ACT EXAM RESULTS

     

     SAT scores for high school seniors dropped again this year, continuing a decade-long trend, according to data released today. SAT averages declined by 34 points since 2006. That is the year when the “No Child Left Behind” public school testing mandate went into effect. Score differences between racial groups increased, often significantly, over that period.

     Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest), said, “Test-and-punish public school policies have clearly failed. As measured by the SAT, the 'No Child Left Behind' era did nothing to improve college readiness or narrow racial gaps. In fact, average SAT Scores dropped from 2006 levels for every group except Asian-Americans. The ACT admissions exam and the National Assessment of Educational Progress show similar trends.”

    The number of students taking SAT Subject Tests and the volume of those exams administered also declined. “Over the past five years, 24% fewer high school grads sat for any SAT Subject tests,” Schaeffer explained. “That cost the College Board, the exam’s owner, millions in lost revenue.”   

    Schaeffer continued, “Fortunately, many more colleges and universities recognize that they do not need SAT scores – from the old exam, the ‘redesigned’ version, or subject tests – to make quality admissions decisions. Over the last twelve months, 32 more schools dropped ACT/SAT requirements for all or many applicants. That’s the fastest annual test-optional growth ever.” A list of 870 institutions that de-emphasize admissions tests is posted athttp://www.fairtest.org/university/optional.

 

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2016 COLLEGE-BOUND SENIORS SAT SCORES
             
    READING MATH WRITING TOTAL  
             
ALL TEST-TAKERS   494 508 482 1484  
                       
Female   493 494 487 1474  
Male   495 524 475 1494  
             
Amer. Indian or Alaskan Native   468 471 447 1386  
Asian, Asian Amer. or Pacific Islander   529 602 534 1665  
Black or African American   430 425 415 1270  
Hispanic, Latino or Latin American   448 453 436 1337  
Two or more races, non-Hispanic   511 505 488 1514  
Other   496 519 491 1506  
White   528 533 511 1572  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                   

2016 COLLEGE-BOUND SENIORS SAT SCORES BY FAMILY INCOME

    READING MATH WRITING TOTAL
           
$ 0 -  $20,000   435 453 426 1314
$20,000 - $40,000   465 477 452 1394
$40,000 - $60,000   488 495 471 1454
$60,000 - $80,000   503 509 485 1497
$80,000 - $100,000   517 527 501 1545
$100,000 - $140,000   530 539 513 1582
$140,000 - $200,000   542 553 528 1623
More than  $200,000   569 586 562 1717

Calculated by FairTest from: College Board, College-Bound Seniors 2016: Total Group Profile Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                              

                                                                                                    

                                                                                                   

                                                                                                 

                                                                                                 

                                                                                                               

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