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DoDEA Announces 2008 SAT Results

For Immediate Release — September 10, 2008 | HQ
: DoDEA Educational Communications Officer | (703) 588-3260
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ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — September 10, 2008 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) has released the results of its scores on the 2008 SAT exams.

The DoDEA 2008 results reflect slight decreases over DoDEA's 2007 performance in the three areas assessed – critical reading, math, and writing. Nationally, the 2008 scores in the three areas assessed remained the same as 2007 scores. This year, DoDEA students' average score in critical reading was 509, down 3 points from 2007, but 7 points above the National average score. The 2007 average score for DoDEA students in math was 499, down 2 points from 2007 and 16 points below the National average score. DoDEA students scored 492 in writing for 2008, down 3 points from 2007 and 2 points below the National average score. DoDEA's African American and Hispanic Students scored significantly higher than their stateside counterparts across all three areas assessed.

As a result of the decreases in math and writing, DoDEA leaders are reviewing various near-term and long-term initiatives and support programs, especially in the area of math, and will determine the next steps for the organization to ensure steady academic progress in all areas for students throughout the system.

"We study all assessment results closely and are concerned about this year's scores, particularly in math," said DoDEA Director, Dr. Shirley A. Miles. " We will be analyzing the data to better inform and enable us to implement the right programs to improve our students' performance.

"DoDEA's focus is on continuous improvement in everything we do," Dr. Miles went on to say. "In the near term, we are going to examine the SAT Prep programs and approaches that our schools use. These programs help students familiarize themselves with the types of questions asked and the skills that will be assessed. We are also contemplating an increased emphasis on the PSAT and implementing training for our personnel on the use of PSAT results as a resource for successful preparation for the SAT."

Dr. Miles also discussed long-term initiatives to help students achieve and sustain improved performance on the SAT.

"We will use the Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS) that is provided in the PSAT results to specifically identify student and class level performance areas that need emphasis and improvement," said Dr. Miles. This will help us conduct a thorough review of our curriculum and instruction practices. It will also allow us to make data-driven decisions to increase student achievement," she said.

Critical reading, math, and writing results for the DoDEA system, its areas (Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) and Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS)) and the nation are reported in the table below:

 

2004-2008 SAT Results*
DoDEA, DDESS, DoDDS, and the Nation

*SAT scores range from 200 (lowest) to 800 (highest)
SAT 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
DoDEA Critical Reading 506 514 515 512 509
DDESS Critical Reading 496 493 495 478 492
DoDDS Critical Reading 508 516 518 516 510
Nation Critical Reading 508 508 503 502 502
DoDEA Math 503 505 512 501 499
DDESS Math 483 474 489 475 480
DoDDS Math 506 508 515 504 501
Nation Math 518 520 518 515 515
DoDEA Writing - - 502 495 492
DDESS Writing - - 483 463 473
DoDDS Writing - - 505 499 494
Nation Writing - - 497 494 494

As in the past several years, the DoDEA overall participation rate in the SAT exams remained substantially higher than the nation's participation rate. For 2008, DoDEA's SAT participation rate was 66% (1,982 students), reflecting a 1 percentage point increase over 2007. Nationally, the SAT participation rate was 45%, (1, 518,859 students), a 3 percentage point decline from 2007. Participation rates for DoDEA, DDESS, DoDDS and the nation are reported in the table below:

 

2004-2008 SAT Participation Rates
DoDEA, DDESS, DoDDS, and Nation
SAT Participation 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
DoDEA 65% 67% 65% 65% 66%
DDESS 45% 38% 43% 43% 37%
DoDDS 69% 72% 70% 70% 70%
Nation 48% 49% 48% 48% 45%

 

In DDESS, 151 students took the SAT exam; in DoDDS-Europe, 1,165 students took the test; and in DoDDS-Pacific 666 students took the SAT exam. 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.

Performance of African-American Students

Although DoDEA's African-American students scored slightly lower in 2008 than in 2007 in the three areas assessed, they did score 32 points higher than their peers in the nation on the critical reading test; 20 points higher in math; and 23 points higher in writing in 2008.

 

2004-2008 SAT Results for African-American Students
African-American 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
DoDEA Critical Reading 470 456 458 463 462
Nation Critical Reading 430 433 434 433 430
DoDEA Math 452 448 445 448 446
Nation Math 427 431 429 429 426
DoDEA Writing - - 447 455 447
Nation Writing - - 428 425 424

 

Performance of Hispanic Students:

While the Nation's Hispanic students' mean scores declined from 2006 to 2008, DoDEA's Hispanic students raised their mean scores significantly in all subjects. DoDEA Hispanic students outperformed their stateside counterparts by 42 pointson the critical reading test, 15 points on the math test, and 30 points on the writing test.

 

2004-2008 SAT Results for Hispanic Students
Hispanic 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
DoDEA Critical Reading 474 479 487 471 497
Nation Critical Reading 456 458 456 458 455
DoDEA Math 464 473 476 469 476
Nation Math 460 465 463 463 461
DoDEA Writing - - 475 462 477
Nation Writing - - 451 450 447

 

The SAT Reasoning Test is a three-hour and 45 minute test that is a measure of the critical thinking skills related to successful performance in college. The 2008 SAT scores reflect the 2006 changes to the SAT which now includes three sections instead of two. The College Board changed the Critical Reading section by removing the section on analogies and by adding short reading passages to existing long reading passages. The Math section was changed by removing quantitative comparisons and by adding topics from third-year college preparatory math. The writing section was new in 2006. SAT scores range from 200 (lowest) to 800 (highest), with the 2008 national average score of 502 for the critical reading test, 515 for the math test and 494 for the writing test. The SAT Reasoning Test is intended to supplement the secondary school record and other information about the student, in assessing readiness for college-level work.

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages the education programs for Department of Defense (DoD) dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA consists of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) located overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) located in the United States and its territories and possessions. DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.