D.C. SAT Scores Lowest in Nation

Tarron Lively, Washington Times, Aug. 31

The Class of 2005 in the District had the lowest overall average SAT score in the country, while its counterparts in Maryland and Virginia remained steady in the verbal and math sections, test scores released yesterday by the College Board show.

D.C. high schools had the lowest overall average score—968, according to the College Board, which owns and administers the SAT. Maryland stayed steady at last year’s total of 1026, while Virginia’s cumulative score was 1030, up six points from last year.

The national average was 1028, up two points from last year. The highest possible score is 1600.

Among the states nationally, Iowa had the highest cumulative score with 1204, followed by Illinois with 1200 and North Dakota with 1195. Georgia and South Carolina each had the lowest score of 993.

The District’s score of 968 was up from 965 last year. The average verbal score was 490 out of a possible 800 points, up a point from 489 last year. The average math score was 478, up from 476 the previous year.

The national average verbal score was 508, and the average math score was 520.

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