2017 SAT Suite Program Results
2017 SAT Suite Program ResultsCollege Board Communications
Today the College Board released the 2017 SAT Suite Program Results. This year’s report includes the first year of performance results on the new SAT and sets the baseline for SAT performance going forward. The first two years of PSAT-related assessment results, also released today, show an increase in student performance across nearly all demographics and grade levels. Between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, average Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores increased, and a greater percentage of students were on track for college and career readiness.
The SAT Suite of Assessments—including the new SAT, PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT™ 10, and PSAT™ 8/9—was first administered during the 2015-16 school year. During the 2016-17 school year, more than 7.3 million students participated in the SAT Suite of Assessments, an increase of more than 650,000 (nearly 10%) compared to 2015-16.
Below are some highlights from the report.
SAT Participation and Performance
The class of 2017 is the largest cohort in SAT history. More than 1.8 million students took the old or new SAT at least once during high school; 1.7 million (93%) have taken the new SAT, first administered in March 2016.
The first year of performance results on the new SAT sets the baseline for SAT performance going forward.
- In the class of 2017, 46% of students who took the new SAT met or exceeded the new College and Career Readiness benchmarks, showing they are likely ready to take and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses.
- The mean total score for students in the class of 2017 who took the new SAT was 1060. The mean score for the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section was 533 and the mean score for the Math section was 527.
Because the new SAT is a new test with a new score scale and new benchmarks, this year’s performance results cannot be compared to previous years’.
Expanding Access to SAT School Day for All Schools
SAT School Day allows juniors and seniors to take the SAT in their own school, during the school day. For the first time ever, beginning in December 2017, SAT School Day will be available to all schools, regardless of their size. These schools will have the flexibility to order as many or as few tests as needed, and the flexibility to choose from multiple administration dates—all during the school day.
Educators who want their schools to participate in SAT School Day can learn more and sign up here.
PSAT-Related Assessment Participation and Performance
Nearly 4.3 million students took the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 in the 2016-17 school year, an increase of more than 46,000 students compared to 2015-16. And a record 1.3 million students took the PSAT 8/9 in 2016-17, an increase of more than 417,000 students (47%) compared to 2015-16.
The first two years of PSAT-related assessment results show an increase in student performance across nearly all demographics and grade levels. In addition, more students who were off track when they took one assessment in the SAT Suite are getting on track for college readiness when they take a second assessment as they progress through high school.
Updates on Official SAT Practice
More than 400,000 students in the class of 2017—the first graduating class to have access to Official SAT Practice—linked their College Board and Khan Academy accounts to receive a free, personalized SAT study plan. The numbers continue to increase for future graduating classes, with more than 650,000 in the class of 2018 already linked and the number in the class of 2019 growing.
Data released earlier this year link Official SAT Practice to substantial score gains on the new SAT. Studying for the SAT for 20 hours on free Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy is associated with an average score gain of 115 points between the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT, nearly double the average score gain of students who don’t use it. Results showed practice advanced students regardless of gender, race, income, and high school GPA.
New in August 2017, teachers, counselors, college access professionals, parents, and other educators can use new coach tools on Official SAT Practice to create classes of students, see their progress, and provide targeted help based on their practice activities. Through these new features, it’s easier than ever for educators to help their students prepare for the SAT. Visit the College Board website to find more ways to bring Official SAT Practice to your students.