IUSD students buck national trend with big gains on the SAT college entrance exam


As noted this week in USA Today and Education Week, SAT scores in 2010 remained relatively flat across the country when compared with last year’s rates.

But that trend does not apply to IUSD, says Irene Brady, the district’s coordinator of assessment and evaluation.

“We have improved over time, but most dramatically in the last two years,” Brady told IUSD NewsFlash. “Additionally, it seems the largest increase was seen in writing.”

Indeed, district writing scores on the famed college entrance exam jumped a whopping 24 points since 2006, while math and critical reading scores spiked by 17 points and 14 points, respectively.

Here’s a look at how IUSD students performed on all three portions of the test, along with averages from California and elsewhere across the country:

Irvine Unified School District SAT scores

Critical Reading 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Five-year change
IUSD 571 572 571 578 585 +14
California 501 499 499 500 501 0
U.S. 503 502 502 501 501 -2

 

Math 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Five-year change
IUSD 623 626 628 635 640 +17
California 518 516 515 513 516 -2
U.S. 518 515 515 515 516 -2

 

Writing 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Five-year change
IUSD 579 575 578 586 603 +24
California 501 498 498 498 500 1
U.S. 497 494 494 493 492 -5