- The Washington Times - Friday, September 2, 2005

Most of the region’s school systems held steady or slightly improved their SAT scores this year, and they still did better than state and national averages.

Fairfax County’s overall score of 1114 and Loudoun County’s 1073 surpassed the state average of 1030.

Fairfax County’s overall score — 549 on the verbal section and 565 on the math section — was a record for the school system, Superintendent Jack D. Dale said.

Mr. Dale said the students “attained a new level of achievement overall” and reached “historic highs on both aspects of the test.”

The average score of 1073 for Loudoun County seniors broke the previous record of 1059, set in 2004.

The 1,860 county students who took the test scored an average of 534 on the verbal section of the test, a one-point increase, and 539 on the math section, a 14-point increase.

Virginia’s cumulative score of 1030 was six points more than last year’s score and marked the largest math-score increase in the country.

The average math score was 514, a five-point increase from last year. The average verbal score was 516, one point more than in 2004.

The Arlington County public school system’s Class of 2005 scored an average of 1085 on their SATs, the same as the 2004 class but still more than 50 points higher than the state and national averages.

The average verbal score for county students was 541, two points less than in 2004 but 33 points more than the national average and 25 points more than Virginia’s average.

Their average math score of 544 was two points more than in 2004. It was also 30 points more than the Virginia average and 24 points more than the national average.

Robert G. Smith, superintendent for Arlington County Public Schools, said he was pleased because more students took the test without the average score declining. The number of Arlington students who took the test was 813, compared to 768 last year, Arlington officials said.

“There is much in these results in which students, parents and faculty may take pride,” Mr. Smith said this week.

Prince William students’ average score was 1012, with an average math score of 503 and an average verbal score of 509. The county’s average total score decreased for the second straight year.

Last year, the county’s average score was 1016, after scoring 1019 in both 2002 and 2003. Officials attributed the decreases to more students taking the test.

Nationwide, students scored an average of 508 on the verbal section, 520 on the math section and 1028 overall. The highest possible score is 1600.

The test is required for most college applications.

The cumulative score of 1204 for Iowa students was the highest among states.

The District’s score of 968 was the lowest overall average score in the country but an increase from last year’s averageof 965. The average verbal score was 490, a one-point increase from 489 last year. The average math score was 478, compared to 476 the previous year.

Maryland students had the same average scores as last year, 511 in the verbal section and 515 in the math section.

Montgomery County seniors averaged a total score of 1,101 — one point less than last year’s record-setting average of 1,102.

The average math score of 560 was one point less than the county record of 561, set last year. The average verbal score of 541 was the same as last year. More than 7,300 graduating seniors in the county took the test, compared to 6,892 in 2004.

Anne Arundel County students’ average total score was 1,056, a slight decrease from last year’s average score of 1,059.

The county’s average verbal score was 523 and the average math score was 533. The verbal score was the same as last year’s, while the math score decreased slightly from 536 in 2004, school officials said.

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