Participation up, scores down; All Del. public school students taking college-admission exam Written byNichole DoboThe News Journal
The number of Delaware graduating seniors taking college admissions tests has increased dramatically, but the average score has gone down.
The statewide average score for the class of 2012 was 456 in reading, 462 in math and 444 in writing. The national average was 496 in reading, 514 in math and 488 in writing.
“Thanks to the state’s Universal SAT program, thousands of additional Delaware students are taking the SAT. These are students who may not have had the means or opportunity in the past or they may not have considered college as an option for themselves,” Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said in a statement.
So is Delaware’s Secretary of Education suggesting high poverty students are causing a drag on Delaware’s SAT scores?
About 8,000 public school students in Delaware’s class of 2012 took the SAT, according to the College Board. A year prior, about 5,500 public school students in the class of 2011 took the exam. The number of private school students taking the test has remained virtually the same during that time.
The universal administration of the test, which began in April 2011, is being paid for with part of the state’s $119 million federal Race to the Top grant. About $1.8 million of that grant goes to giving the SAT to all 11th-graders each year. Teachers are then able to use specific data from the exam to help inform them of a student’s academic deficiencies.