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SAT Scores

Maine’s math scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, administered by the College Board in Princeton, New Jersey, have consistently and substantially lagged the national average scores for over two decades.

During the 1980’s Maine’s verbal scores exceeded the national averages, but since 1990 they have generally been somewhat below those averages.

Maine v National SAT Performance 1980-2013

Maine v National SAT Performance 1980-2013

Maine and National SAT Scores 1995-2013

Maine and National SAT Scores 1995-2013

Since 1995, most SAT scores have conformed to a new system, which makes direct comparisons with older figures difficult. However, in both the old and new systems, the differences between Maine and national scores have been consistent.

The most recent scores under the new system shows Maine males out performing females in math, females recently pulling ahead in Critical Reading, formerly “Verbal,” and females consistently out performing males in the new Writing category. (For simplicity in presenting the tables and charts, the term “Verbal” has been retained.)

Chart: 2010 SAT Scores by Parent EducationChart: 2010 SAT Scores by Parent Income

Parents’ income and education in 2003 and in 2010 were both positively associated with SAT scores. With the requirement since 2006 that all seniors take the SAT exams, the overall scores have decline, probably because more students from less advantaged families are now included in the totals.

In 2003, 11,340 Maine students took the exams; by 2010 that number had climbed to 15,383, a 36% increase. The consequences of this, in a time of increasing economic inequality, means fewer Maine people will be trained for the technical job in the new economy.

The “Verbal” category name has been replace with “Critical Reading” in recent years.  Writing is a new category introduced in 2006. Figures in red represent those from the “old” system of scoring.

Verbal Math Verbal Math Verbal Math
Year US US Maine Maine ME-US ME-US
1980 424 466 428 467 4 1
1981 424 467 426 465 2 -2
1982 426 467 427 463 1 -4
1983 425 468 427 464 2 -4
1984 426 471 429 462 3 -9
1985 431 475 432 466 1 -9
1986 431 475 434 466 3 -9
1987 430 476 433 466 3 -10
1988 428 476 430 466 2 -10
1989 427 476 431 466 4 -10
1990 424 476 423 463 -1 -13
1991 422 474 421 460 -1 -14
1992 423 476 422 460 -1 -16
1993 424 478 422 463 -2 -15
1994 423 479 420 463 -3 -16
1995 504 506 504 497 0 -9
1996 505 508 504 498 -1 -10
1997 505 511 507 504 2 -7
1998 505 512 504 501 -1 -11
1999 505 511 507 503 2 -8
2000 505 514 504 500 -1 -14
2001 506 514 506 500 0 -14
2002 504 516 503 502 -1 -14
2003 507 519 503 501 -4 -18
2004 508 518 505 501 -3 -17
2005 508 520 509 505 1 -15
2006 503 518 501 501 -2 -17
2007 501 514 466 465 -36 -50
2008 500 514 469 466 -31 -49
2009 499 515 468 467 -31 -48
2010 500 514 468 467 -32 -49
 2011  497  514  469  469  -28  -45
2012 496 514 470 472 -26 -42
2013 496 514 462 467 -34 -47
Math Math Verbal Verbal Writing Writing
Year Males Females Males Females Males Females
1998 518 486 506 503
1999 521 488 510 504
2000 519 484 506 503
2001 518 485 509 503
2002 521 485 505 501
2003 520 483 507 499
2004 524 482 511 500
2005 527 487 515 504
2006 522 484 504 499 484 497
2007 475 457 461 474 443 475
2008 474 462 464 476 446 479
2009 475 450 462 474 438 471
2010 473 461 461 476 436 473
2011 476 462 465 478 436 470
2012 478 465 462 478 434  470
2013 473 467 455 469 436 467



Additional Reources:

The College Board Internet web site, www.collegeboard.com; 2003 data is from the 2003 Maine State Report accessible though that site in 2003.

Pre-1995 Maine data is from the Maine Department of Education.

The 2004-2010 data, and some revisions to earlier data, are from http://professionals.collegeboard.com/data-reports-research/sat/archived/ (accessed on November 2, 2010)

2013 data are from http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/research/2013/ME_13_03_03_01.pdf (accessed December 10, 2013)

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