The College Board announced SAT® scores for the class of 2011. New Hampshire continues to have a high participation rate; 77% of New Hampshire’s high school seniors took the SAT. New Hampshire’s class of 2011 posted one-year increases on all three sections of the SAT while recording longer-term gains compared to 2007 in both critical reading and mathematics. As in past years, New Hampshire students who completed a core curriculum and/or pursued more advanced course work tended to achieve greater success on 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. The score for critical reading was 523 compared to the national score of 497. The mathematics score was 525 and the national score was 514. In writing the score was 511 with the national score being 489. 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 2011 and participated in the SAT Program at anytime during their high school careers.
The SAT® assesses student reasoning based on knowledge and skills developed by the students in their course work and measures how much students know about a particular academic subject and how well they can apply that knowledge. 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 is a strong indicator of trends in the college-bound population, but it should never be used alone for such comparisons because demographics and other nonschool factors can have a strong effect on scores.
More information can be found on the College Board Web site at http://professionals.collegeboard.com/data-reports-research/sat/cb-seniors-2011.