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More Washington Students Take SAT, PSAT and AP
Participation rates increase across all racial subgroups

OLYMPIA— October 7, 2014 — More Washington students than ever are enrolling in college-level courses and taking college entrance exams, according to results released today by the College Board. Every racial subgroup saw increased SAT, PSAT and AP test-taking rates in 2014.

The state’s student performance remained relatively strong. SAT and PSAT saw a slight downturn in overall scores, but the number of AP scores of at least “3” — the score needed to earn college credit — increased 5.7 percent.

“I am proud of our student performance,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. “And the fact that so many students are taking steps to prepare themselves for college is encouraging. I hope this trend continues.”


SAT PARTICIPATION RATE (HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS), CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR
  Washington Nation
American Indian +7.7% -0.2
Asian +4.7% +3.1%
Black +8.8% +1.4%
Hispanic +11.0% +6.6%
White +0.1% -1.2%

PSAT PARTICIPATION RATE (HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS), CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR
  Washington Nation
American Indian +25.1% +5.4%
Asian +21.1% +3.2%
Black +31.9% +2.3%
Hispanic +26.8% +7.0%
White +11.3% -0.2%

AP PARTICIPATION RATE (HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS), CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR
  Washington Nation
American Indian +24.9% +7.6%
Asian +9.7% +5.7%
Black +19.4% +8.2%
Hispanic +9.6% +9.1%
White +4.1% +4.5%

The SAT and some AP exams are legislatively approved alternatives to Washington’s high school exit exams. If a student does not pass a state exam, he or she can apply to use qualifying scores from the SAT or an AP exam to meet the assessment requirement for graduation. Students who transfer into Washington public schools in 11th or 12th grade from out of state or an in-state non-public school setting can apply for a “transfer student waiver” to use one of the alternatives without taking a state exam first.

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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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   Updated 10/7/2014

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