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Christine Miles, 503-947-5637

September 14, 2011

Oregon’s SAT performance scores remain highest in the nation

Oregon sets historical record for SAT exams among minority students

(SALEM, Ore.) State Superintendent Susan Castillo today released statewide results of the SAT college entrance exam for 2011 graduating seniors. SAT results show Oregon’s performance remains among the highest of states in the nation. Oregon ranks 22nd among states for the number of students taking the exam and also sets a historical record for minority students taking the SAT.

“I am very proud to see Oregon setting an all time record for the number of minority students signing up and taking the SAT. This shows me we are truly reaching out to all students to improve their readiness for the future,” said State Superintendent Susan Castillo. “I do want to see our SAT scores continue to climb and I know with the hard work of students, teachers and parents we can gain those higher scores and continue to support our students in exceeding the national average.”

• Oregon’s writing score of 499, same as last year (national average was 489)
• Oregon’s critical reading score of 520, down three points from last year (national average was 497)
• Oregon’s math score of 521, down three points from last year (national average was 514)

“The SAT results also show us why a strong foundation of rigorous coursework helps prepare our students for success in school and in the workforce. We must also continue to improve our instruction to statewide educational standards, with renewed efforts by our Governor, to ensure all students get the education they need to become successful,” said Castillo.

More than 18,754 Oregon students took the SAT, which represents 56 percent of the state’s high school graduates. Of the state’s 2011 college-bound seniors who took the SAT, 25 percent were minority students, up from 23 percent in 2010 and 20 percent in 2007.

The Oregon Department of Education pays for all sophomores to take the PSAT, an exam that predicts student performance on the SAT. For more information on data and resources go to: www.collegeboard.org/SATPress.

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Christine Miles, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5637

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