PSAT Scores Increased Across Racial Groups, Grade Levels, Study Finds

PSAT Scores Increased Across Racial Groups, Grade Levels, Study Finds

The first two years of PSAT-related results show an improvement in student performance across nearly all racial and ethnic groups and grade levels, a report from the finds.

According to the , average SAT scores in math and evidence-based reading and writing improved between 2015-16 and 2016-17, while a greater percentage of students were on track for college and career readiness. The report also found that mean PSAT scores increased across nearly all racial groups, with Asian students improving their scores from 1130 to 1148; black/African-American students improving from 885 to 894; Hispanic/Latino students improving from 925 to 911; and white students improving from 1064 to 1075.

First administered during the 2015-16 school year, the SAT Suite of Assessments — including the new SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 — measures what students need to know to be ready for college-level courses. The report found that more than 7.3 million test takers completed the SAT or a PSAT-related assessment in the 2016-17 school year, a one-year increase of nearly 10 percent.

According to the report, high school students who were off track when they took one assessment in the SAT Suite increasingly are back on track for college when they take a second assessment later. For example, among students who took the PSAT/NMSQT as juniors and then took the new SAT, 12 percent who initially were off track got back on track for college readiness by the time they took the SAT. In addition, 46 percent of students in the class of 2017 who took the new SAT met or exceeded the new college and career readiness benchmarks, demonstrating they are likely ready to enter and succeed in credit-bearing college courses. 

"Many more students from all backgrounds are taking advantage of the opportunities these assessments provide," said College Board president and CEO David Coleman. "With free, personalized practice and the ability to track their own progress throughout high school, these tests empower students to own their future and prepare for success in college and careers."

"." College Board Press Release 09/26/2017.