Washington Sees Rise in SAT Participation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 26, 2013

More students with more diversity are choosing to take the college-entrance exam

OLYMPIA  Washington’s 12th graders earned a combined average score of 1526 on the 2013 SAT, according to figures released by the College Board today. This is the nation’s fourth highest score among states with at least 50 percent of eligible students taking the test. The national average composite score is 1474.

Washington students scored very close to the top, especially in math. In fact, only two states in the 50 percent-plus testing category scored higher than Washington in math, both only by one point.

“I am encouraged by the ever-increasing number of students who take the SAT,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. “The goal of earning a college education is expanding to more and more students. Our state continues to perform well above the national average on this test.”

The number of Washington public school students taking the test increased by 4.6 percent in 2012, compared to a 0.8 percent increase nationally. Washington’s SAT participation rate of 55 percent was higher than all but two Western states (Texas at 56 percent and Idaho at 100 percent).


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