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AISD Students Outscore State Average on ACT and SAT; Largest Gain in National Exams is 43 Points on SAT Writing Exam

Austin, TX—Students in the Austin Independent School District continue to score higher on the SAT and ACT exams than their counterparts across the state, according to data released today by the College Board.

The 2012 average SAT score for AISD students was 1496—greater than the average state score of 1434 and comparable to the national average score of 1498. Students who took the ACT exam performed equally well with a composite score of 21.4, exceeding the state and national averages of 20.8 and 21.1, respectively.

The number of students who took the SAT and ACT exams remained stable or increased after reaching a record high in 2011. For the SAT, AISD student participation remained steady. There was an increase in test participation among students who identified themselves as Mexican/Mexican American, selected other, or provided no racial identification. For the ACT, participation increased by 198 students.

“AISD will continue to encourage and prepare students to participate in the SAT and ACT exams because we are committed to ensuring all of our students are ready for college, career and life,” AISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said. “The SAT and ACT play a critical role in the college admissions process. And, we are pleased that more AISD graduates are choosing to attend colleges and universities. The district will continue to increase the number of college-bound graduates because, in today's global economy, higher education provides a powerful path to success."

Students’ scores on the SAT subject area tests were generally stable or increased since last year. For 2012, the largest increase was in the writing subject area with students scoring an average of 523—43 points higher than last year. Students’ average critical reading score increased by four points to 497. Students’ average math score increased by two points to 523.

AISD students’ average ACT scores increased slightly across the English, reading and science subject areas and remained stable in the math subject area. Since 2005, scores have increased by 1 to 1.7 points on average across subject areas. AISD’s average ACT scores exceeded state and average scores in every area and exceeded national, average ACT math, reading, science and composite scores.

For more information and to review the full reports, please visit www.austinisd.org/dre.

 

SAT Test Results, 2011–12

Across campuses, SAT test scores varied, ranging between 1117 at Reagan High School and 1948 at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA). The SAT benchmark score of 1550 or higher has been determined to predict a high likelihood of college success and completion, according to the College Board. Between 2011 and 2012, average SAT scores remained about the same for most schools. The Top 5 institutions to which AISD students submitted SAT score reports are (from highest): Texas State University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas A&M University at College Station, and Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

 

AISD high schools’ average SAT scores are:

School

Number  Tested

Critical
Reading

Math

Writing

Total

­­Akins

318

431

464

422

1317

Anderson

357

565

589

539

1693

Austin

356

522

548

498

1568

Bowie

555

524

563

503

1590

Crockett

172

452

471

431

1354

Eastside: Global Tech

8

391

413

375

1179

Eastside Memorial

32

400

442

391

1233

Garza

32

566

532

514

1612

Lanier

178

388

424

370

1182

LASA

186

658

659

631

1948

LBJ

113

375

404

362

1141

McCallum

238

539

553

515

1607

Reagan

81

367

399

351

1117

Richards

5

548

518

534

1600

Travis

143

392

420

376

1188

AISD

2,774

497

523

476

1496

State

172,802

474

499

461

1434

National

1,664,479

496

514

488

1498

Source: College Board Profile Report, 2012.

ACT Test Results, 2011–12

Across campuses, the average ACT composite scores varied, ranging between 16.1 at LBJ High School and 28.4 at LASA. Bowie had the highest participation rate with 249 students taking the exam, while fewer than five students took the ACT exam at Eastside Memorial. Between 2011 and 2012, average ACT scores increased for six schools, and decreased for four schools. The Top 5 institutions to which AISD students submitted ACT score reports are (from highest): Texas State University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas A&M University at College Station and St. Edward’s University.

 

AISD high schools’ average ACT scores are:

School

Number  Tested

English

Math

Reading

Science

Composite

­­­­Akins

101

16.1

19.3

17.9

18.6

18.1

Anderson

201

23.7

25.7

24.5

24.4

24.7

Austin

223

21.8

23.3

22.7

21.9

22.5

Bowie

249

22.1

24.1

23.4

22.9

23.2

Crockett

127

17.8

19.7

18.9

19.3

19.0

Garza

10

24.2

21.9

23.4

21.7

22.9

Eastside Memorial

*

*

*

*

*

*

Lanier

65

13.7

17.8

16.2

17.3

16.4

LBJ

76

14.4

17.1

16.0

16.2

16.1

LASA

96

26.7

28.4

28.8

27.6

28.4

McCallum

165

19.5

22.1

20.8

21.2

21.0

Reagan

24

14.4

18.6

17.6

17.6

17.1

Travis

89

14.4

18.0

15.6

16.6

16.3

AISD

1,429

20.2

22.4

21.4

21.3

21.4

State

110,180

19.6

21.4

20.8

20.8

20.8

National

1,666,017

20.5

21.1

21.3

20.9

21.1

Source: ACT Profile Report, 2012.

* Results for groups of fewer than five students are not reported to protect confidentiality.