SAT math scores for students at Department of Defense schools are falling further below the national average.
For the third straight year, Department of Defense Education Activity students have seen their math scores dip, from 512 in 2006 to 498 in 2009. A perfect score is 800.
In 2006, DODEA’s math scores were six points below the national average. Now, they are 17 points below, according to test results released recently.
“We’re not happy with the scores. They’re not where we want them to be,” Sheridan Pearce, DODEA mathematics coordinator, said in a recent phone interview from Arlington, Va.
“We’re concerned by the trend.”
The SAT is divided into three categories: mathematics, critical reading, and — since 2006 — writing.
In critical reading and writing, DODEA seniors in 2009 compared more favorably to their peers across the nation, but those scores either were unchanged or dropped from last year.
DODEA’s average score in critical reading was 505, down four points from 2008, but four points above the national mean score of 501.
In writing, DODEA averaged 492, the same as last year, and one point below the national mean score of 493.
The stagnating and declining scores “are big enough to warrant some action,” said Steve Schrankel, DODEA chief of assessment and accountability.
Even so, DODEA’s SAT results follow a national trend of unchanged or declining scores over the last several years, he said.
“We don’t know why that is,” Schrankel said.
DODEA officials say they’re already addressing the math deficiency. But measurable progress will likely take time, they warn.
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