W.Va. Students' SAT Scores Increase in All Areas

September 13, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. –West Virginia public high school students’ SAT scores have not only significantly improved but also continue to outperform students across the nation, according to data released Monday by the College Board.

West Virginia students scored an average 515 in critical reading, a seven point increase from the 2009 score of 508. This year’s math mean score increased 10 points to 509 from 499 in 2009. The 2010 writing mean score increased six points to 501 from 495 in 2009.  

"We're proud of our students and teachers," said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. "We have been focusing a great deal on increasing the rigor of our curriculum with the implementation of Global 21. Students deserve it. The world demands it. When you look at these results, they indicate we are on the right path. I am cautiously optimistic that we will see greater improvements in the coming years as students take a more challenging and rigorous curriculum in the early grades as well as the high school years.”

West Virginia public high school students outperformed students across the nation in reading and writing. Students in public schools scored an average of 498 in critical reading compared to the West Virginia reading score of 515. Students across the nation averaged 488 on the writing portion of the SAT compared to the state score of 501. West Virginia students scored two points behind the nation in math, scoring 509 compared to 511.

The SAT exam is the most popular college entrance exam for private schools and those on the East and West coasts. Most public schools and those in the South and Midwest prefer the ACT exam. Both are accepted for consideration for the PROMISE Scholarship, West Virginia’s merit-based scholarship.  

For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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