Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Fairfax County Public Schools Students Continue to Outpace State, Nation on SATs
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students achieved an average combined score of 1643 systemwide for the total SAT I: Reasoning Test (SAT) and 1108 on the two aspects of the test that have been administered in previous years, Critical Reading and Mathematics. This continues a string of high achievement on the SAT tests, according to figures released by FCPS Superintendent Jack D. Dale. The scores represent tests taken by FCPS seniors in the class of 2006.
These scores reflect recent changes to the SATs, which now include three sections instead of two. The Critical Reading portion of the test was changed by removing the section on analogies, and the Mathematics portion of the test was changed by removing quantitative comparisons and adding some higher level questions. The Writing test was new in 2006.
According to figures compiled by the College Board, which administers the SAT, FCPS students scored much higher on the Mathematics section than students across the nation as well as in Virginia, with an average score of 563, compared to 518 nationwide and 513 statewide. On the Critical Reading section of the SAT, FCPS students also scored significantly higher than students in the nation and in Virginia with an average score of 545, compared to 503 nationwide and 512 statewide. On the new Writing section of the SAT, FCPS students also scored significantly higher than students in the nation and in Virginia with an average score of 535, compared to 497 nationwide and 500 statewide. The Critical Reading average score for FCPS in 2006 decreased by four points when compared to 2005, and the Math score showed a decrease of two points compared to 2005. There are no historical comparative results for the new Writing section of the test.
“Not only do our students continue to excel, but they have also done very well on all sections of the test when compared to Virginia and the nation, including the new Writing test,” said Dale. “We are particularly pleased to see that our Black students have made a very nice increase of nine points in Critical Reading while also continuing an upward trend in Math with a threepoint gain this year. And we commend our Asian students who have reached alltime highs in both Critical Reading and Math.”
Following are highlights of the SAT results for FCPS, using College Boardreported data:
 FCPS Asian students’ scores increased from 2005 to 2006 by 6 points on the Critical Reading section and 3 points on the Math section. (See table 2.)
 FCPS Black students’ scores increased by 9 points on the Critical Reading section and increased by 3 points on the Math section. (See table 2.)
 FCPS Hispanic students’ scores decreased by 1 point on the Critical Reading section and 2 points on the Math section. (See table 2.)
 FCPS White students’ scores decreased by 4 points on the Critical Reading section and 1 point on the Math section. (See table 2.)
 When compared with 2005 scores, the FCPS average Critical Reading score decreased by 4 points, and the Math score decreased 2 points. The national Critical Reading average decreased by 5 points from 2005 to 2006, and the Math average decreased by 2 points. In Virginia, the average Critical Reading score decreased by 4 points, and the average Math score decreased 1 point. (See table 1.)
 FCPS students exceeded the national average in Critical Reading by 42 points, in Math by 45 points, and in Writing by 38 points
 FCPS students exceeded the statewide average in Critical Reading by 33 points, in Math by 50 points, and in Writing by 35 points
 Critical Reading, Writing, and Math scores for all FCPS ethnic groups exceeded all national and state averages for ethnic groups. (See table 2.)
 FCPS Asian students’ scores exceeded national Asian students’ scores by 19 points on the Critical Reading section, by 17 points in Writing, and by 15 points on the Math section. (See table 2.)
 FCPS Black students’ scores exceeded national Black students’ scores by 34 points on the Critical Reading section, 26 points in Writing, and 38 points on the Math section (See table 2.)
 FCPS Hispanic students’ scores exceeded national Hispanic students’ scores by 40 points on the Critical Reading section, 34 points in Writing, and 40 points on the Math section. (See table 2.)
 FCPS White students’ scores exceeded national White students’ scores by 41 points on the Critical Reading section, by 36 points in Writing, and 40 points on the Math section. (See table 2.)
Table 1 contains the SAT scores, as reported by the College Board, which uses the scores of every student who took the SATs and who identified him or herself as a member of the graduating class of 2006 at the time of testing.
Table 2 contains the average scores, by ethnic category, as reported by the College Board.
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Note: For more information, contact Ray Diroll, director, FCPS Office of Student Testing, at 7032087779.
Attachments:
Description of the SAT and Cautions in Interpreting School Results
Table 1: SAT Average Scores for Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia, and the Nation, 2003 through 2006, as Reported by the College Board
Table 2: SAT Average Scores for Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia, and the Nation by Ethnicity, 2003 through 2006, as Reported by the College Board
Description of the SAT and
Cautions in Interpreting School Results
Description of the SAT
The SAT is a threehourand45minute test that measures critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills that students have developed over time and that they need to be successful in college. The new SAT is better aligned with current curriculum and institutional practices in high school and college. By including a third measure of skills—writing—the SAT reinforces the importance of writing throughout a student's education and will help colleges make better admissions and placement decisions. The new SAT was administered for the first time in March 2005 for the class of 2006. Results are reported in threedigit scaled scores on a 200 to 800point scale. This report summarizes information for 2006 seniors who took the SAT any time during their high school years through June 2006.
Cautions in Interpreting School Test Results
Readers are cautioned not to rely too heavily upon test scores as measures of instructional quality and not to use test scores exclusively to compare schools, areas, or school systems. Any interpretation of SAT results should take into account the following:
 The SAT does not attempt to assess any specific local high school curriculum or a more general “national curriculum.”
 The multiplechoice format limits the type of questions that can be asked and the skills that can be covered. For instance, students are not asked to write a sentence or a paragraph. This test does not assess listening or oral communication skills nor does it attempt to measure such workrelated attributes as responsibility, initiative, and creativity.
 Each year’s average score for a school represents the results for a completely different group of students.
 The average scores of students in smaller high schools will tend to vary more from year to year than the average scores of students from larger schools.
 Average scores for schools do not give information about how many students scored at a high level or a low level. In each school, many students may score at a high level and many others may score at a low level.
 Since all students in a school, school system, or state do not take the SAT, and since the population of test takers is selfselected, using aggregate SAT scores to compare or evaluate teachers, schools, systems, states, or other educational units is not valid, and the College Board strongly discourages such use.
Adapted from A Profile of SAT Program Test Takers by the College Board
TABLE 1
SAT
Average Scores
for Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia, and the Nation
2003 Through 2006
AS REPORTED BY THE COLLEGE BOARD
School 
Critical Reading Average 
Math Average 
Writing Average 
2003 
2004 
2005 
2006 
2003 
2004 
2005 
2006 
2006 










ANNANDALE HIGH 
508 
504 
505 
507 
524 
515 
519 
525 
499 
CENTREVILLE HIGH 
522 
518 
529 
518 
551 
547 
553 
541 
509 
CHANTILLY HIGH 
539 
532 
544 
535 
561 
550 
568 
565 
528 
EDISON HIGH 
502 
482 
500 
502 
527 
494 
512 
505 
487 
FAIRFAX HIGH 
518 
519 
521 
520 
542 
533 
553 
554 
506 
FALLS CHURCH HIGH 
491 
512 
494 
504 
516 
531 
518 
517 
488 
HAYFIELD SEC. 
514 
513 
513 
511 
518 
520 
513 
516 
501 
HERNDON HIGH 
525 
538 
534 
525 
546 
545 
550 
540 
514 
LAKE BRADDOCK SEC. 
553 
555 
552 
549 
573 
564 
570 
570 
536 
LANGLEY HIGH 
587 
583 
591 
597 
614 
601 
608 
612 
595 
LEE HIGH 
504 
506 
520 
506 
522 
519 
528 
512 
502 
MADISON HIGH 
564 
568 
571 
570 
582 
573 
583 
582 
550 
MARSHALL HIGH 
555 
562 
543 
534 
569 
572 
558 
552 
527 
MCLEAN HIGH 
557 
574 
582 
583 
603 
602 
605 
602 
570 
MOUNT VERNON HIGH 
482 
474 
479 
487 
495 
476 
500 
490 
476 
OAKTON HIGH 
550 
569 
579 
568 
574 
576 
588 
578 
557 
ROBINSON SEC. 
546 
550 
552 
540 
561 
558 
570 
572 
536 
SOUTH COUNTY SEC. 
 
 
 
538 
 
 
 
542 
516 
SOUTH LAKES HIGH 
545 
539 
527 
520 
547 
537 
528 
528 
502 
STUART HIGH 
519 
511 
511 
491 
531 
521 
521 
522 
486 
TJHSST 
730 
734 
731 
717 
748 
748 
749 
737 
701 
WEST POTOMAC HIGH 
528 
526 
512 
536 
524 
512 
505 
537 
523 
WEST SPRINGFIELD HIGH 
553 
546 
542 
543 
570 
556 
559 
560 
531 
WESTFIELD HIGH 
526 
528 
534 
535 
540 
541 
554 
556 
524 
WOODSON HIGH 
573 
576 
574 
568 
586 
583 
601 
584 
559 
FCPS 
546 
547 
549 
545 
564 
558 
565 
563 
535 
VIRGINIA 
514 
515 
516 
512 
510 
509 
514 
513 
500 
NATION 
507 
508 
508 
503 
519 
518 
520 
518 
497 
TABLE 2
SAT
Average Scores
for Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia, and the Nation
by Ethnicity
2003 Through 2006
AS REPORTED BY THE COLLEGE BOARD


Critical Reading 
MATH 


FCPS 
VIRGINIA 
NATION 
FCPS 
VIRGINIA 
NATION 
ASIAN 
2003 
521 
508 
508 
587 
556 
575 
2004 
521 
507 
507 
579 
556 
577 
2005 
523 
509 
511 
590 
562 
580 
2006 
529 
512 
510 
593 
566 
578 
BLACK 
2003 
469 
434 
431 
471 
420 
426 
2004 
464 
433 
430 
458 
421 
427 
2005 
459 
436 
433 
464 
429 
431 
2006 
468 
438 
434 
467 
429 
429 
HISPANIC 
2003 
497 
496 
453 
501 
485 
459 
2004 
489 
488 
456 
494 
482 
460 
2005 
497 
488 
458 
505 
486 
464 
2006 
496 
489 
456 
503 
488 
463 
WHITE 
2003 
570 
536 
529 
579 
528 
534 
2004 
569 
534 
528 
570 
524 
531 
2005 
572 
538 
532 
577 
532 
536 
2006 
568 
533 
527 
576 
532 
536 


Writing 


FCPS 
VIRGINIA 
NATION 
ASIAN 
2006 
529 
510 
512 
BLACK 
2006 
454 
429 
428 
HISPANIC 
2006 
485 
475 
451 
WHITE 
2006 
555 
521 
519 
