SAT Scores Stay Flat except for Asian Americans

SAT Scores by Nationality

It’s interesting that the data is broken out by nationality.  As an Asian mom — my kids are Chinese, Japanese and Korean — I suppose this encouraging news, but I wonder what the stats would look like if it were broken out by, say …

  • Two-parent households
  • Two-parent households with one parent as a full time homemaker
  • Two-parent households with one parent who works flexibly
  • Socio-economically:  middle class versus other, or suburban versus inner city

I suspect the real story is that suburban children from middle class backgrounds and two parent households are improving their scores but this is offset by everyone else who is doing worse.  And the real losers are inner city African American kids.   But if you break that down, I suspect you will find a high percentage of single parent households.  Maybe that is the crux?!  Anyway, that’s just me.  Here’s the link to the entire article from the Wall Street Journal.  Below are a few key paragraphs from the article.

What do Asian parents think?  I can only speak for myself but I suspect we would all note that single digit gains are not that impressive.  More studying would be in order clearly!



High school students’ performance on the SAT college-entrance exam remained mostly unchanged from last year, except for notable gains by Asian-Americans, who continue to outperform all other test takers.

Overall, the average score for the graduating class of 2010 in reading remained at 501; climbed in math to 516 from 515; and dropped in writing to 492 from 493, according to scores released Monday.

The combined overall score of 1509 out of a possible 2400 matched last year’s tally, which was the lowest since the writing exam was added to the SAT battery in 2006.

The sole bright spot was the performance of Asian-Americans. They posted a three-point gain in reading, a four-point jump in math, and a six-point gain in writing over their 2009 scores.

The SAT results suggested that students who took a core curriculum in high school—defined as four years of English and three of math, science and history—scored, on average, 151 points higher than those who didn’t take the curriculum.

College Board officials attributed the surge in Asian-American scores—up 20 points in reading and 26 in math since 2000—to the students’ choice of courses. More than two-thirds took at least four years of science in high school, versus 59% of all test-takers, and 48% of the Asian-Americans took calculus, versus only 28% of the rest of the pool.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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