SAT results show Wis. students’ scores higher than national average

Number of students participating in AP program continues to increase
SAT results show Wis. students’ scores higher than national average

National data showed Wisconsin students’ SAT scores are higher than the national average and more students are participating in the Advanced Placement program.

Information on state and national SAT scores showed Wisconsin’s 2014 graduates are outpacing students nationally by more than 90 points on the college admissions exams, officials said.

Wisconsin had 2,522 public and private school graduates take the SAT during high school, which is about 4 percent of the state’s graduating 2014 class, according to the release. The mean scores for those students are the highest the state has seen over the past five years.

“As has been the trend, Wisconsin’s SAT test-takers have overall results that anyone can be proud of,” Sate Superintendent Tony Evers said in the release.

Most of the state’s graduates, 73 percent, take the ACT college admissions exam, officials said.

For 2014 graduates, the statewide average composite score was 22.2, which puts Wisconsin second in the nation among ACT-taking states, according to the release.

“I am proud of our 2014 graduates and their performance on college admissions tests,” Evers said. “I am equally proud of students who took AP exams. The preliminary results show improvements from last year even as AP continues to grow across the state.”

Wisconsin had 38,431 students in grades 11 and 12 who took AP exams in May 2014, officials said. Those students at public and private schools took 64,398 exams, and students received a three or higher on 68.1 percent of those exams.

According to the release, 2014 results across most racial and ethnic student groups showed improvement from 2013.

Participation on AP testing went up by 4.3 percent, and there were increases in participation across racial and ethnic student groups, except among African American students where participation decreased, officials said.

“We must confront achievement gaps,” Evers said. “Educators have a big role to play, but will need the help of leaders, the business community, parents and citizens to see this through.”