More Students Are Taking SAT College Board Exams

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 21, 2013) – In keeping with the goal of graduating college-prepared, a slightly increasing number of Los Angeles Unified School District seniors are taking SAT’s, the rigorous College Board exams commonly used by universities to determine admissions.

“The trend continues in the right direction as more 12th-graders take these challenging exams,” Superintendent John Deasy said, “and scores continue to rise.” 
Overall, close to half of the seniors, in the most recent graduating class, took the tests. Raw numbers ticked upward in 2012-13 to 22,106 from 22,004 in 2011-12, according to results released recently by the College Board, which administers the SAT exam.

The District’s average scores rose slightly, outpacing statewide gains while nationwide scores remained flat. On a scale from 200 to 800, the average score for each section is 500. District averages on the critical reading test went from 431 to 435; on mathematics from 441 to 442 and on writing from 436 to 437.  The total is 1314.
The top five schools with highest average overall scores are: Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES) Magnet, 1,755; Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (SOCES) Magnet, 1,570; Harbor Teacher Prep Academy, 1,553; Van Nuys Senior High, 1,552 and North Hollywood Senior High, 1,524.
The top five schools with the highest percentage of 12th-graders taking the SATs are: Harbor Teacher Prep Academy, 94.3 percent; Foshay Learning Center, 92.7 percent; LACES, 90.2 percent; Contreras Learning Center, 85.1 percent and 32nd/USC Performing Arts Magnet, 84 percent.
The top five schools with the highest increases in the average SAT scores are: LA High School for the Arts at Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) campus, School for Visual Arts/Humanities at RFK, LACES, Orthopaedic Hospital Magnet and Panorama Senior High.
The top five schools with the highest increases in number and percentage of SAT test-takers are: East Valley Senior High; Hollywood Senior High, Marshall Senior High, Narbonne Senior High and Roybal Learning Center.


Contact: Tom Waldman 213-241-6766


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