State scores decrease in all areas
Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students scored on average five points higher on the SAT reading test and six points higher on the SAT writing test from the previous year, contrary to state and national trends. State average scores fell in both reading and writing while national scores were flat in both reading and writing. LWSD average scores in math were five points lower than in 2012, when scores took a nine point leap over the previous year. Washington state scores also dipped in math, by seven points over 2012 scores, while the national average stayed the same. LWSD students continue to score well above state and national averages on all three tests.
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“Lake Washington students continue to improve their scores on the SAT, while state and national scores are trending lower,” noted Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent. “While math scores fell on average this year, they still fit within an overall upward trend.”
The total number of SAT test-takers in LWSD fell for the first time in the past several years, down to 1,129 from a high of 1,212 in 2011.
Average critical reading scores in LWSD rose to by five points, from 560 to 565. Reading scores across the state of Washington fell from 519 last year to 515 this year. Nationally, reading scores stayed the same at 496.
LWSD math scores fell by five points to 576 from 581. Last year, the district saw a dramatic increase in math scores, up nine points from 572 to 581. State math scores also fell this year, by seven points, from 530 last year to 523 this year. National scores remained at 514 on average for the third straight year.
LWSD writing scores rose this year by six points, from 554 last year to 560. Washington state scores fell in this category by four points, from 503 last year to 499. Nationally, writing scores stayed the same at 488.