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State scores released by Illinois State Board of Education

December 21, 2018

During the 2017-2018 school year, school districts across the state of Illinois gave the SAT as the state-mandated test. The SAT replaced the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test at the high school. The College Board, which administers the SAT, recently released the test scores from the 2017-2018 school year.

Central High School juniors surpassed the state average by seven points. Central students averaged a 1017, while students from the state of Illinois scored a 1010.

English-Reading-Writing (ERW) and Math were the two components of the SAT.

The College Board released benchmarks for both ERW and math. The benchmark for ERW was 480, while in math it was 530. Forty-five percent (41 of 92 test takers) met both benchmarks. Seventy percent met only the ERW benchmark, while forty-seven percent met only the math benchmark. Both exceeded the percent that met during the 2016-2017 school year.

Fifty-eight percent (53 of 92 students) scored a 1010 (state average) or better.

The highest Central score was a 1530, which is in the 99th percentile nationally. The student missed nine out of 154 questions. A 1600 is a perfect score.

Also last spring, Central sophomores took the PSAT 10. Central students had a mean score of 930, while the state mean score was 936. Thirty-three percent (26 of 79 test takers) met the ERW (430) and math (480) benchmarks. Seventy-three percent met just the ERW benchmark, while 34% met the math benchmark. The highest Central score was a 1370, which was in the 99th percentile. A 1520 was a perfect score on the PSAT 10. Forty-six percent (36 of 79 students) scored a 936 (state average) or better.

Freshmen took the PSAT 8/9 during the spring as well. Central students had a mean score of 870, while the state mean score was 882. Thirty-five percent (31 of 89 test takers) met the ERW (410) and math (450) benchmarks. Sixty-one met just the ERW benchmark, while thirty-eight percent met just the math benchmark. The highest Central score was a 1200, which was in the 99th percentile. A 1440 was a perfect score on the PSAT 8/9. Forty-three percent (35 of 89 test takers) scored an 882 (state average) or better.

The SAT will be given to juniors on Tuesday, April 9. Sophomores will take the PSAT10, while freshmen will take the PSAT 8/9 on the same day.

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