The College Board announced SAT® scores for the class of 2010. New Hampshire continues to have a high participation rate; 77% of New Hampshire’s high school seniors took the SAT. NH also continues to perform above the national average. The mean scores were higher in critical reading, mathematics, and writing than the nation’s schools. Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800. The score for critical reading was 520 compared to the national score of 501. The mathematics score was 524 and the national score was 516. In writing the score was 510 with the national score being 492. This data is based on the performance of NH students from all schools -- public, private, and parochial. The reports released today are based on the cohort of students who graduated high school in 2010 and participated in the SAT Program at anytime during their high school careers.
The SAT tests the subject matter learned by students in high school and how well they apply that knowledge, the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in college. The SAT is the benchmark standardized assessment of the critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills students have developed over time and that they need to be successful in college.
As measures of developed verbal and mathematical abilities important for success in college, SAT scores are useful in making decisions about individual students and assessing their academic preparation. Because of the increasing public interest in educational accountability, aggregate test data continue to be widely publicized and analyzed. Aggregate scores can be properly used as one indicator of educational quality when used in conjunction with a careful examination of other conditions. However, not all students in a high school, district, or state take the SAT. Since the population of test-takers is self-selected, using aggregate SAT scores to compare or evaluate teachers, schools, districts, states, or other educational units is not valid, and the College Board strongly discourages such uses.
The SAT helps college admissions officers make fair and informed admission decisions. Combined with a student's academic record, it is a proven, reliable indicator of college success. Seventy-six percent of 2009 high school graduates who took the AP, PSAT or SAT enrolled in college.
The statewide results of the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams were also released today. The AP program offers high school students academically challenging college-level courses in a variety of subject areas. In all, 5,987 New Hampshire students participated in the AP program (up 1.4 percent from 2009), taking a total of 9,477 AP exams (up 1.5 percent from last year). Participation by traditionally underrepresented students increased in every category since 2009, with the exception of Black students. Sixty two participated in 2009 with 49 participating in 2010.
AP exams are scored on a scale of one (lowest score) to five (highest score). Seventy-five percent of NH exams were scored at three or higher (up 3% from 2009). A score of three or above is considered demonstrating college level mastery of the content.
More information can be found on the College Board Web site at http://professionals.collegeboard.com/data-reports-research/sat.