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Last year’s Caroline High School seniors who took the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scored the lowest among high schools in the greater Fredericksburg region, according to figures released by state education officials this week.
One hundred and forty-eight Caroline seniors took the three-part exam, which is the primary entrance exam for acceptance into college. The average score for the critical reading portion of the exam was 445, the math average, 431, and the writing average, 424, for a total overall average of 1,300.
Of the 53,806 Virginia seniors who took the SAT, the critical reading average was 508, the math average, 510, the writing average, 492, for a total overall average of 1,510.
Based on the 2012 results of Virginia students, the critical reading average dropped one point compared to a year earlier, the math average increased three points, and there was no change in the writing average.
Nationally, the 2012 critical reading average was 491, the math average, 505, the writing average, 481, and the total overall average, 1,477.
A perfect score on each test would be 800 for a possible total of 2,400.
Only three other high schools in the Fredericksburg region had overall average scores below 1,400. They were Colonial Beach High School (1,314), Washington & Lee High School (1,345), and Quantico High School (1,395).
Overall average scores at six high schools reached or exceeded the 1,500 mark. Those schools were North Stafford High School (1,500), Riverbend High School (1,502), Colonial Forge High School (1,554), Culpeper High School (1,569), Fredericksburg Christian (1,559), and Fredericksburg Academy (1,779).
Students at Fredericksburg Academy posted the highest scores in the region while those at Culpeper High School had the highest scores of any public school in the region.
Overall average scores at other schools in the region ranged from a low of 1,430 at Louisa County High School to a high of 1,499 at Mountain View High School.
New testing standards being implemented in Virginia are helping prepare students for college entrance exams, according to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright.
“These are the very critical-thinking and higher-level reasoning skills students must have for success on today’s SAT,” Wright said in a statement this week.
Virginia emphasizes preparing students for higher education and 21st century job skills, said state Board of Education president David Foster.
“The board takes seriously its duty to ensure that students graduating from Virginia public schools are prepared to succeed in college and the workplace,” he said in a statement.