SAT participation climbs in Texas
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TEA News Release 2

TEA News Releases Online

 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 senor 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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