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SAT statistics are misleading

August 26, 2003
by Dave Miller

Undated-- New Scholastic Aptitude test figures show Georgia ahead of only the District of Columbia in SAT scores, used by most colleges and universities to determine acceptance of new students.

So are Peach State students just not cutting the mustard? The answer bears further digging.

According to new research done by Ball State University, there is a correlation between student participation, minority populations, underclassmen, and statewide SAT scores.

The study concluded that the higher the first three categories were, the lower the final number would be.

  • 2002 Scholastic Aptitude Test statistics

State SAT results sorted by: Students tested, in percent

STATE

Students Tested

Avg. Acore

New Jersey

85

1016

Connecticut

84

1026

Massachussetts

82

1038

New York

82

1006

D.C.

77

958

New Hampshire

75

1043

Rhode Island

74

1006

Pennsylvania

73

1002

Delaware

73

1002

Virginia

71

1024

Vermont

70

1027

Maine

70

1004

Maryland

68

1024

North Carolina

68

1001

Georgia

66

984

Indiana

63

1004

Florida

61

996

South Carolina

59

989

Oregon

57

1053

Texas

57

993

Washington

56

1062

Alaska

55

1036

California

54

1018

Hawaii

54

1002

NATION

48

1026

Arizona

38

1049

Nevada

36

1027

Ohio

28

1077

Colorado

27

1104

Montana

26

1081

West Virginia

20

1032

Idaho

18

1080

Tennessee

14

1128

New Mexico

14

1088

Kentucky

13

1106

Illinois

11

1179

Michigan

11

1140

Wyoming

11

1097

Minnesota

10

1173

Alabama

10

1111

Kansas

9

1160

Missouri

8

1165

Nebraska

8

1151

Oklahoma

8

1131

Louisiana

8

1122

Wisconsin

7

1179

Utah

7

1125

Arkansas

6

1118

Iowa

5

1183

North Dakota

4

1215

South Dakota

4

1176

Mississippi

4

1116

 State SAT results sorted by: Highest average total score

,

STATE

Students Tested

Avg. Acore

North Dakota

4

1215

Iowa

5

1183

Illinois

11

1179

Wisconsin

7

1179

South Dakota

4

1176

Minnesota

10

1173

Missouri

8

1165

Kansas

9

1160

Nebraska

8

1151

Michigan

11

1140

Oklahoma

8

1131

Tennessee

14

1128

Utah

7

1125

Louisiana

8

1122

Arkansas

6

1118

Mississippi

4

1116

Alabama

10

1111

Kentucky

13

1106

Colorado

27

1104

Wyoming

11

1097

New Mexico

14

1088

Montana

26

1081

Idaho

18

1080

Ohio

28

1077

Washington

56

1062

Oregon

57

1053

Arizona

38

1049

New Hampshire

75

1043

Massachussetts

82

1038

Alaska

55

1036

West Virginia

20

1032

Vermont

70

1027

Nevada

36

1027

Connecticut

84

1026

NATION

48

1026

Virginia

71

1024

Maryland

68

1024

California

54

1018

New Jersey

85

1016

New York

82

1006

Rhode Island

74

1006

Maine

70

1004

Indiana

63

1004

Pennsylvania

73

1002

Delaware

73

1002

Hawaii

54

1002

North Carolina

68

1001

Florida

61

996

Texas

57

993

South Carolina

59

989

Georgia

66

984

D.C.

77

958

Source: The College Board

posted at 4:00PM by dave.miller@walb.com