Washington SAT scores are the highest in the nation

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


According to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington students’ combined average score on the SAT (1545) is the highest in the nation — tied with Vermont — among states in which at least 45 percent of the eligible students took the test, according to figures released by the College Board today. The percentage of students tested is significant because generally the more students who test, the lower the overall average score. However, Washington has bucked that trend for the past decade.

Washington again had the nation’s highest score in math (528), was tied for second in writing (500) and was third in reading (517) among states with a participation rate of 45 percent or more. The ranking is based on students taking the SAT who were 12th graders in the Class of 2012.

“Students who take the SAT have their eye on attending college,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. “To have that many high school students do that well on the test says a lot about the preparation they’re getting in school.”

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