N.H. Dept. of Education Releases First Statewide SAT Results

Aug 29, 2016

It’s back to school week for lots of kids across the state—some districts got started as early as last Wednesday, others are waiting until after Labor Day. And as students, teachers, and parents gear up for another year, we’re just finding out how students did on the first statewide SAT. 

So how’d we do? The results are pretty basic—they break down performance by gender, by race, and by a couple degrees of special needs. The amount of students recorded as “meeting the benchmark” are the students who would be expected to get at least a C in their first semester of college. These results show 70 percent of female students meeting that benchmark for English, 38 percent of them met it for Math—where only 64 percent of male students met the English benchmark but 43 percent met it for Math.

This past spring was the first time every high school junior in the state participated in the SAT. The state administered it—90 percent took it—at no cost to their families.

The idea was to replace the Smarter Balance Assessment  with the SAT, as a better way to see how schools and students are performing in New Hampshire, and how they’d do if they went to college. These results—which the Department of Education released last Thursday, are preliminary.

The finalized data from last spring’s statewide SAT test comes out in October.