Thursday, February 19, 2015

Spring Branch ISD ACT & SAT Scores Beat Texas and U.S. Averages

District student average scores on the SAT and ACT college-readiness assessments continue to outpace Texas and the nation, according to results from these two well-known student assessment tests.

SAT and ACT Scores - 2014

SBISD Texas U.S.
SAT - Combined 1536 1432 1497
SAT - Writing 499 461 487
SAT - Math 534 495 513
SAT - Critical Reading 503 476 497
ACT - Composite 23.8 20.9 21.0

SAT results continue to outpace state and nation

According to 2014 District Summary information, SBISD students averaged 1536 on the combined SAT, while the Texas student average was 1432 and the national average was 1497.

The SAT assesses student reasoning and logic based on knowledge and skills that students develop in their course work.

More than 1,470 district students took SAT tests last school year. The SAT has three parts – critical reading, mathematics and writing. SBISD students outpaced state and national scores in all three portions of the SAT.

SBISD’s average writing score was 499, while the Texas average was 461 and the national writing average was 487.

In mathematics, SBISD’s average score was 534 versus 495 in the state and 513 in the nation.

SBISD’s critical reading score was 503, much higher than 476 in Texas and the national average of 497.

Selected Highlights 2014 SAT:

• About 72 percent of the SBISD graduating class took the SAT.
• More than a third of SBISD students (34 percent) taking the SAT reported family income of less than $30,000, reflecting a higher portion of the testing population in this income level when compared to Texas (25 percent) and the nation (22 percent)
• District performance exceeds state and national averages in all subjects tested.
• Mathematics continues to be the strongest performance area, followed by Critical Reading.
• Average scores increased in all three sections compared with 2013: Critical Reading (+9 points), Mathematics (+1 point), and Writing (+10 points)
• Regardless of first language (English, English and Another Language, or Another Language) or Parental Education Level, SBISD students outperformed their state counterparts in all three areas tested.

ACT results top state and nation once again

On the 2014 ACT, SBISD students averaged 23.8 compared to 20.9 in Texas and 21.0 in the nation.

Selected Highlights 2014 ACT:

• SBISD continues to exceed state averages by 2.4 to 3.2 points, and in the past five years, ACT participation has increased 12.6 percent from 874 to 984 students.
• The percentage of SBISD students performing at or above college-ready levels continues to exceed state rates by 16 to 22 percentage points, with College Algebra showing the greatest margin in the past six years, 22 points above the state average, along with College Biology, also 22 points above the state average.
• College English composition is the strongest of four subjects tested, with 76 percent of SBISD students performing at or above the college-ready level, and 16 percentage points above the state average.
• SBISD students performed at or above the college-ready level in four tested areas, and district students performed 23 percentage points above the Texas performance rate.
• In 2014, average Science scores for SBISD students exceeded the state in every course configuration; Students with three years of high school Science exceeded the state average by 3.2 points, and those with four years of high school Science outperformed the state average by 2.6 points. 


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