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DoDEA Students' SAT Participation Climbs to New High in 2002

Special to American Forces Press Service

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 6, 2002 – Department of Defense Education Activity students' 2002 SAT I participation rate jumped 4 percent to a new high of 68 percent, DoDEA officials announced Sept. 3.

DoDEA director Joseph Tafoya said DoDEA's SAT I participation rate in domestic and overseas schools increased significantly, while the average math score remained at 2001's level of 497 and the average verbal score fell by only one point to 504. He noted average math and verbal test scores normally tend to fall as participation rates climb.

Participation rates are based on the number of students taking the SAT divided by the school system's total 12th grade enrollment. DoDEA's rates were 64 percent in 2001 and 59 percent in 2000, Tafoya said.

The overseas school students' participation rate climbed to 74 percent in 2002, up from 70 percent in 2001. In just one year, he said, the stateside students' participation rate climbed 10 percentage points to a new high of 49 percent in 2002.

Six DoDEA students earned a perfect score of 800 on the verbal section while four earned the top score of 800 in mathematics.

SAT I average scores for DoDEA overall, its stateside schools, its overseas schools, and for the nation, 1998-2002:

Math 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
DoDEA 502 498 500 497 497
(DoD Stateside) 481 474 493 486 476
(DoD Overseas) 505 501 501 499 500
Nation 512 511 514 514 516
 
Verbal
DoDEA 508 504 504 505 504
(DoD Stateside) 483 483 496 497 490
(DoD Overseas) 511 506 505 506 506
Nation 505 505 505 505 504

SAT I Participation Rates, 2000-2002
 
  2000 2001 2002 Two-Year Change
DoDEA 59% 64% 68% +9
Stateside 37%* 39%* 49%* +12
Overseas 64% 70% 74% +10
Nation 44% 45% 46% +2
* Stateside student participation is lower because the ACT is the primary college entrance exam at Forts Campbell and Knox, Ky.

The SAT I is a primarily multiple-choice test that measures verbal and math abilities related to success in college. The three-hour SAT supplements high school records and other information in assessing a student's readiness for college work. SAT scores are required by about 90 percent of four-year colleges and universities that have admission requirements, DoDEA officials said. Another test, the SAT II series, measures knowledge about particular academic subjects, such as biology or American history.

(From a DoDEA announcement.)

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