Fairfax County SAT Outcomes Stay Strong Despite Pandemic Testing Challenges

News
September 22, 2021

The Class of 2021 in Fairfax County continued to perform well above state and global averages on the SAT, according to results recently released by the College Board.

The Fairfax County overall mean score of 1201 surpassed both the state average (1151) and the global average (1060). Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (601) and Mathematics (600) in Fairfax County likewise posted above the state and global averages, as shown in the table below. 

2021 Fairfax, Virginia, and Global Public School Mean SAT Scores*

Reporting Group

Fairfax Overall

Virginia Overall

Global

Overall

Fairfax Reading/ Writing

Virginia Reading/ Writing

Global

Reading/ Writing

Fairfax Math

Virginia Math

Global

 Math

All 

1201

1151

1060

601

584

533

600

567

528

Asian

1294

1264

1239

633

620

597

662

644

642

Black

1054

1009

934

533

517

477

521

492

457

Hispanic

1095

1088

967

552

554

490

543

534

477

Two or More

1213

1157

1116

612

590

565

601

567

551

White

1220

1172

1112

617

597

562

603

574

550

* Only the most recent results from the revised (2016) SAT assessment are considered. All score calculations are based on College Board public reporting, as of September 15, 2020

Fairfax County Public Schools recognizes that we have opportunities to explore the provision of rigorous learning opportunities to all students.  These data continue to show evidence of persistent and predictable racial disparities. As we center equitable access in our decision-making, responding through the expansion of responsive learning experiences will be important. This testing data serves as a reminder that we still have much more to do as a system, and as a community, to provide the academic supports that all of our children need to be successful.

The pandemic had a major impact on SAT participation worldwide, due to COVID-related exam cancelations, combined with family reluctance to send their students in person for testing. The College Board reported a 31.4% drop in SAT participation globally, with a 33.4%  drop in Virginia. 

Fairfax County’s participation rates were substantially less affected, with a participation drop of only 4.4%, as FCPS offered SAT School Day for the first time in September 2020. The SAT School Day offered students the opportunity to take the SAT at no charge to them at their school on a designated weekday. As a result, 9,318 Fairfax County seniors took the SAT, representing 63% of the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) senior class.

“We recognize that priorities changed for many during the pandemic. Offering convenient access to the SAT at no cost, was our way to ease the burden on our families and students,” FCPS Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand said. “The fact that FCPS saw such a small decrease in participation shows that this concept worked.”

FCPS will again be offering the SAT School Day to interested students in grade 12 on October 13, 2021.

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