The 2016 SAT results are now finally out for individual North Carolina school districts and high schools, but state education officials say people shouldn’t compare them with scores from past years.
The state Department of Public Instruction posted online this week the last three years of SAT results for schools and districts. DPI had released state results on Sept. 27, but the districtwide data for the college admissions exam from the College Board was delayed.
DPI says the 2016 results are not comparable with the scores from past years. The College Board debuted in March an overhauled version of the SAT that lowered the maximum score to 1,600, eliminated obscure vocabulary words, dropped the penalty for guessing and made the essay optional.
The average scores for 2016 exclude students who took the SAT for the first time after January because they took the new SAT. The SAT scores on the spreadsheet for 2014 and 2015 include the results for all students who took the exam through June of each year, including students taking the test for the first time in the spring.
If you only looked at the spreadsheet, it shows that the state’s combined average math and reading SAT score rose eight points from 2015 to 2016. But the gain drops to a more modest two points if you compare the results of graduates who took the test no later than January 2016 with those who took it no later than January 2015.
Statewide, the combined average SAT math and reading score in North Carolina was 1,010. Nationally, it was 1,002.
In the Wake County school system, the combined average SAT reading and math score was 1,066. Combined average SAT math and reading scores ranged from 897 at Southeast Raleigh High School to 1,209 at Enloe High School.
The N.C. School of Science and Mathematics, a statewide public boarding school in Durham, had the second-highest combined average SAT reading and math score in the state at 1,372.
Raleigh Charter High School had the third-highest average score in the state at 1,261. East Chapel Hill High School was fourth highest in the state at 1,228. Enloe had the fifth-highest average SAT score.