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SAT Scores for LCPS Graduates Drop Slightly, Remain Higher than Virginia and U.S. Averages

 

The average SAT score for the Loudoun County Public Schools’ 2020 graduates was 1173, a slight decrease from 1180 in 2019, according to data released recently by the College Board. Seventy-four percent of the LCPS Class of 2020 took the test.

 

LCPS seniors scored 57 points higher than graduates of public schools in Virginia and 122 points higher than the national average.

 

The SAT consists of two sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) and Math, with an optional essay. The assessment has a total of 1600 possible points, excluding the essay.

 

Average SAT Scores, Classes of 2019 and 2020

 

2019

2020

Comparisons

Reading & Writing

Math

Total

Reading & Writing

Math

Total

LCPS

595

585

1180

592

581

1173

Virginia

564

548

1113

567

549

1116

Nation

524

515

1039

528

523

1051

 

Average scores for black students increased by 11 points, from 1047 in 2019 to 1058 in 2020.  Scores in Reading & Writing and Math decreased for all other race/ethnicity groups.

 

LCPS Average SAT Scores by Subgroup

 

2019

2020

Student Groups

Test Takers

Reading & Writing

Math

Total

Test

Takers

Reading & Writing

Math

Total

All

4,493

595

585

1180

4,771

592

581

1173

Asian

823

623

645

1268

946

622

639

1261

Black

335

534

513

1047

301

540

518

1058

Hispanic

581

563

549

1112

638

555

535

1090

White

2,416

603

585

1188

2,464

596

578

1173

 

The College Board also provides a rating of College and Career Readiness based on benchmark scores for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math. Students who meet the benchmark in each subject have a 75 percent chance of earning at least a C in first-semester college-level courses in that subject. Sixty-nine percent of LCPS 2020 graduates met the benchmarks in both content areas, compared to 55 percent of students in Virginia and 45 percent of students across the nation. 

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LCPS students who designated one or more institutions to receive their score report being selected a total of 868 post-secondary schools. The most common in-state institutions were James Madison University (35.4 percent of students); George Mason University (33.4 percent); Virginia Commonwealth University (32.6 percent); Virginia Tech (30.8 percent); and University of Virginia (26.2 percent). 

 

 

 

 

Published September 15, 2020