LCPS SAT Scores Remain Higher than Virginia, U.S. Averages

 

 

The average SAT score for Loudoun County Public Schools’ 2019 graduates was 1180, a slight decrease from 1184 in 2018, according to data released recently by the College Board. Seventy-eight percent of the LCPS Class of 2019 took the test.

 

LCPS seniors scored 67 points higher than graduates of public schools in Virginia and 141 points higher than the national average. The school division had the sixth-highest average score in the state.

 

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 2018 and 2019

 

2018

2019

Comparisons

Reading & Writing

Math

Total

Reading & Writing

Math

Total

LCPS

598

586

1184

595

585

1180

Virginia

563

547

1110

564

548

1113

Nation

529

520

1049

524

515

1039

 

Average scores for Asian and White students in LCPS were relatively stable, with only a one- or two-point variation in Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing and Math. Black/African-American students from the class of 2019 scored an average of five points lower in both subjects when compared to Black/African-American students from the class of 2018.  Scores for Hispanic students decreased from 570 to 563 in Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing and from 554 to 549 in Math.

 

LCPS has made closing the “achievement gap” between white and minority students a priority.  Efforts to address those gaps include investing in additional professional development for teachers to meet the needs of English learners and students with disabilities and new instructional facilitators to strengthen teacher teams’ instructional strategies across the school division.

 

“LCPS continues to focus on closing the achievement gaps that persist and creating equitable learning environments for all students to be successful and reach their fullest potential,” said Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Ashley Ellis.

 

 

LCPS Average SAT Scores by Subgroup

 

2018

2019

Student Groups

Test-Takers

Reading & Writing

Math

Total

Test-Takers

Reading & Writing

Math

Total

All

4,290

598

586

1184

4,493

595

585

1180

Asian

761

625

643

1268

823

623

645

1268

Black

318

539

518

1057

335

534

513

1047

Hispanic

521

570

554

1124

581

563

549

1112

White

2,379

602

585

1187

2,416

603

585

1188

 

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. Seventy percent of LCPS’ 2019 graduates met the benchmarks in both content areas, compared to 54 percent of students in Virginia, and 45 percent of students across the nation.  

 

LCPS students who designated one or more institutions to receive their score report selected a total of 809 post-secondary schools. The most common in-state institutions were James Madison University (36.8 percent of students); George Mason University (35.2 percent); Virginia Tech (33.5 percent); Virginia Commonwealth University (32.5 percent); and the University of Virginia (28 percent). 

 

LCPS offers an SAT Preparation course in grades 10 through 12. This half-credit course is designed to help students spend concentrated time and effort understanding the patterns and strategies needed to prepare for the SAT.

 

 

09/30/19/wbb