Archive for Monday, September 13, 2010

Kansas students’ SAT scores beat national average

September 13, 2010


— Kansas students have scored well above the national average on the SAT college entrance exam and beat their scores from last year.

The College Board that overseas the test released this year's totals to the public Monday.

The average score for Kansas high school students in critical reading was 590, compared with 501 nationally. In math, Kansas had an average score of 595, compared with 516 nationally. The average writing scores in Kansas was 567, compared with 492 nationally.

High scores are more common in states in which a small percentage of students take the test. In Kansas, the test was taken by 1,822 members of the class of 2010 through March. That's down from 2,300 students the previous year.

Kansas students more frequently take the ACT college entrance exam.


avoice 7 years, 7 months ago

Kansas students more often take the ACT because they more often go to Midwestern colleges and universities. Those who plan to attend college on either coast, or at more prestigious universities will take the SAT. Hence, the Kansas students taking the SAT are more likely to be higher achievers than the general populace of students who take the SAT nationwide. The national numbers reflect the fact that a broader range of east coast and west coast students take the SAT.

KU_cynic 7 years, 7 months ago

Yes, there's definitely a selection effect at work here, resulting in a distribution of Kansas students taking the SAT that is skewed to high aspiration (and presumable high talent) students.

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