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Contrary to DOE Claims, SAT Participation Rate Falls for 2010

September 15, 2010

South Carolina Policy Council


Contrary to DOE Claims, SAT Participation Rate Falls for 2010

New research by the Policy Council shows that fewer South Carolina students took the SAT in 2010, as participation rates for African-American and white students fell. This finding raises questions about the S.C. Department of Education’s claim that “South Carolina is doing dramatically better with access … as more minority and low-income students are aiming for college.”

The implication is that the drop in SAT scores—the fact that South Carolina’s scores are the second-worst among all 50 states—is made up for by increased participation rates. But the DOE’s claims are misleading.

Participation is Down

Overall participation is not up, it’s down. The total number of statewide test takers decreased from 25,217 in 2009 to 25,122 in 2010.

African American and White “Access” is Down

While 134 more Hispanic students took the SAT this year, 207 fewer African-Americans took the test in 2010. Thus, overall “access” declined for the state’s two largest minority/ethnic groups. Participation by white students also declined.

Test Scores Down by 5 or by 2?

According to the DOE, scores for public school students only declined by two points. Yet, when we include all test takers, the statewide average is down by five points. At the same time, scores for students from private schools and religiously affiliated schools increased—by 20 points and 1 point, respectively.

The DOE numbers don’t add up. Read the attached fact sheet to learn why.

Also see our new study and interactive map on the 2010 SAT results.

Robert Appel

Director of Communications

South Carolina Policy Council

803-779-5022 Ext. 116

803-779-4953 (fax)

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