|For Immediate Release
August 29, 2006
Illinois students continue to outperform counterparts
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois high school students
who took the SAT college-entrance examination and its
Advanced Placement tests continue to outperform their
counterparts across the nation, according to a statewide
report released today by the Illinois State Board of
Illinois’ composite math score of 609 is the nation’s
third highest, behind Iowa and North Dakota. The state’s
verbal composite score of 591 is also tied for the nation’s
third highest with Minnesota, behind Iowa and North Dakota.
“Today’s results show that our teachers
and students are not only committed to aligning with
the Illinois Learning Standards, but going beyond it,” said
State School Superintendent. Randy Dunn.
Illinois’ seniors scored a composite score of
609 – up 3 points from 2005 – on the mathematics
portion of the SAT, compared to the national average
of 518. The composite verbal score for Illinois was 591,
while the national average was 503. Only 12,694 students
took the test.
The state also saw a 6 percent increase in African-American
public school seniors taking the SAT compared to a 1
percent decrease for the rest of the nation.
The SAT results were released along with the annual
AP results, which also showed strong evidence of good
learning outcomes for Illinois students.
A record number of Illinois high school students took
the 2005 Advanced Placement (AP) test and the state saw
marked improvement in their scores, a record 88,801 AP
tests were taken by college bound seniors with nearly
70 percent of them scoring at the “3” to “5” levels
to received college credit.
Although the SAT is not taken by as many high school
students as the ACT, the composite results of the SAT,
ACT and AP tests provide parents, teachers, colleges
and students with a strong measurement of success in
Earlier this month, Illinois recorded a 20.5 composite
score on the ACT test. The ACT is now given to all public
high school students as a part of the Prairie State Achievement
The SAT Reasoning Test is a measure of the critical
thinking skills that students need for academic success
in college. It assesses how well students analyze and
solve problems. The test is typically taken by high school
juniors and seniors. Each SAT test is scored on an 800-point