Oklahoma Class of 2014 SAT scores released, brings good news and promise

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The College Board is releasing SAT scores for the graduating class of 2014, and the news is good for Oklahoma, even though fewer students showed up to take the test.

69% of test takers met the college benchmark score of 1550, according to the Oklahoma State Dept. of Education.

Also,  the number of students achieving the benchmark score is above the national average of 42.6%.

However, not as many students in Oklahoma took the test this year.

Only 4.5% of Oklahoma’s high school graduating class of 2014 were tested.

The number of SAT test takers is down from 1,879 last year; 1,111 SAT test takers were public school students, compared to 1,193 in 2013. , according to the Oklahoma Dept. of Education.

“I would hope that more of our students would take advantage of these and other predictive tests to give a better indication of how they will fare in college or their chosen career field,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi.

In Oklahoma, there also was a drop in SAT participation by minority students — 38 percent (422 students) of test takers were minority, compared to 38.4 (458 students) from the class of 2013.

The breakdown for minority students is:

  • 32.4 %  of Oklahoma’s African American SAT takers met the benchmark,
  • 59.3%  of Hispanic students and
  • 66.4%  of the state’s Native American students.

Studies show that students who meet the benchmark are more likely to enroll in a four-year college and more likely to complete a degree.

Barresi said it is clear that many more Oklahoma students could be benefiting from fee waivers for courses to help prepare them for college and earn them potential college credit, according to the College Board information.

“Cost should not be a barrier for any Oklahoma student,” Barresi said. “Fee waivers are available for our low-income students, and we encourage school counselors to help students access and make use of these funds.”

The fee for two administrations of the SAT and two administrations of SAT subject tests is waived entirely for students who meet the low-income criteria. Students should request fee waivers from their school counselors.