FCPS Students Outscore National and State Peers on SAT

News Release
November 07, 2017

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) seniors in the class of 2017 exceeded state and national averages on the SAT, according to results released by the College Board and Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Based on College Board and VDOE calculations*, FCPS seniors outperformed state and national averages in both of the required test sections and overall:

  • Mean score of 1185 overall—90 points above the Virginia average and 141 points over the U.S. average
  • Mean score of 594 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing—36 points above the Virginia average and 67 points over the U.S. average
  • Mean score of 591 for Mathematics—53 points above the Virginia average and 74 points over the U.S. average

FCPS also conducted further analysis of SAT performance across demographic groups. The FCPS analysis includes only seniors who were enrolled in FCPS as of June 2017. This analysis shows that a total of 8489 seniors in the class of 2017 took the SAT, which is 62.7 percent of enrolled seniors. Additionally, FCPS seniors exceeded the Virginia mean scale scores in each of the reported groups.

Reporting Group

Fairfax Overall

Virginia Overall

Fairfax Reading/ Writing

Virginia Reading/ Writing

Fairfax Mathematics

Virginia Mathematics

All

1187

1095

595

558

592

538

Asian

1235

1200

605

593

630

607

Black

1050

958

532

491

518

467

Hispanic

1085

1057

550

538

535

518

White

1222

1146

616

584

606

561

In 2016, the College Board revised the aptitude test to better reflect high school content and skills seen as important for college success. Because of the changes in the design of the SAT, performance of 2017 graduates cannot be compared with achievement of graduates in previous year.

* VDOE and College Board data sources include scores for 145 students who took the SAT at a Fairfax County high school site but either transferred out of FCPS prior to the end of the year, were home schooled, or attended other jurisdictions. A total of 8,634 students are included in these VDOE and College Board data.

###

Note: For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571‑423-1200.