DoDEA HQ Office of Communications

4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350-1400

The DoDEA Communications Office initiates and manages DoDEA's communications and outreach efforts worldwide. The office coordinates press relations, internal information programs and communication with students, parents, teachers, school administrators and the public.

The HQ Communications Office:

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2005 SAT Scores for DoDEA Released Strong Gains in SAT Verbal Scores Reported for DoDEA Students

For Immediate Release — September 8, 2005 |
Janet Rope: DoDEA, Accountability Administrator

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — September 8, 2005 — Dr. Joseph Tafoya, Director of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), today announced the 2005 SAT I results for the system, showing a strong gain on the verbal portion of the test. The DoDEA results on the verbal section showed an increase of eight points, from 506 in 2004, to 514 in 2005. Results on the math test showed a gain of two points, from 503 in 2004, to 505 in 2005. Seven DoDEA students earned a perfect score of 800 on the verbal test and five DoDEA students earned the top score of 800 in mathematics.

 

Math and Verbal results for DoDEA, DDESS, DoDDS and the nation are reported in the table below.


2002-2005 SAT I Results for DoDEA, DDESS, DoDDS, and the Nation
SAT 2002 2003 2004 2005
DoDEA Math 497 498 503 505
DDESS Math 476 481 483 474
DoDDS Math 500 500 506 508
Nation Math 516 519 518 520
DoDEA Verbal 504 509 506 514
DDESS Verbal 490 499 496 493
DoDDS Verbal 506 510 508 516
Nation Verbal 504 507 508 508

The DoDEA overall participation rate increased from 65% in 2004 to 67% in 2005. A total of 2,200 of the 3,303 2005 DoDEA high school graduates took the SAT I. DoDEA students' participation rate of 67% continues to be substantially higher in 2005 than the national participation rate of 49%. The College Board's National Report on 2005 College-Bound Seniors warns that “scores tend to decline with a rise in percentage of test takers.” Participation rate information for DoDEA, DDESS, DoDDS and the nation are reported in the table below.

2002-2005 SAT I Participation Rates for
DoDEA, DDESS, DoDDS, and the Nation
SAT Participation 2002 2003 2004 2005
DoDEA 68% 68% 65% 67%
DDESS 49%* 40%* 45%* 38%*
DoDDS 74% 74% 69% 72%
Nation 46% 48% 48% 49%
*Because ACT is the primary college entrance exam for Ft. Campbell and Ft. Knox students, the DDESS participation rate for the SAT is normally lower than the rate for DoDDS.

African-American students scored 23 points higher than their peers in the nation on the verbal test and 17 points higher in math in 2005. Since 2002, African-American students in DoDEA have made a strong gain of 16 points on the math test while maintaining the score of 456 on the verbal test.

2002-2005 SAT I Results for African-American Students
AFRICAN AMERICAN 2002 2003 2004 2005
DoDEA Math 432 447 452 448
Nation Math 427 426 427 431
DoDEA Verbal 456 462 470 456
Nation Verbal 430 431 430 433

Hispanic students in DoDEA outperformed their stateside counterparts in 2005 by 21 points on the verbal test. The DoDEA Hispanic students' verbal score increased by six points from 473 in 2002 to 479 in 2005. DoDEA's Hispanic students' mean math score rose by 9 points from last year to 473 in 2005. There has been a consistent upward trend in the math scores of DoDEA's Hispanic students with the 2005 mean score being eighteen points higher than the 2002 score and eight points higher than the national average for Hispanic students.

2002-2005 SAT I Results for Hispanic Students
HISPANIC 2002 2003 2004 2005
DoDEA Math 455 458 464 473
Nation Math 459 459 460 465
DoDEA Verbal 473 475 474 479
Nation Verbal 452 452 456 458

The SAT I is a three-hour test that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities, related to successful performance in college. SAT I scores range from 200 (lowest) to 800 (highest), with the 2005 national average score of 508 for the verbal test and 520 for math. The SAT I is intended to supplement the secondary school record and other information about the student, in assessing readiness for college-level work. SAT scores are required by about 80 percent of four-year colleges and universities that have admission requirements.