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By the Numbers: SAT Scores for New Jersey‘s Class of 2013 Up 10 Points

Mean scores climb but results show significant gaps remain across social, ethnic, racial and economic lines

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New Jersey students – public and private – saw a 10-point overall increase in their mean SAT scores last year, a notable jump on a test on which overall results usually hardly budge in any given year. The increase in New Jersey’s scores was especially notable in a year in which the national mean scores were mostly unchanged.

But the numbers behind the numbers released by the College Board yesterday tell a host of other stories, too, showing that public schools are making progress but also showing that there wide gaps remain.

New Jersey’s State Profile Report includes interesting findings on such topics as what courses see the smartest kids and what colleges and majors are preferred.

Here are some of the SAT scores and other highlights in (mean scores, where applicable):

  • New Jersey overall: 499 reading; 522 math; 500 writing (US: 496 reading; 514 math; 488 writing)

  • Public schools: 495 reading; 521 math; 496 writing

  • Religious schools: 520 reading; 524 math; 523 writing

  • Independent schools: 590 reading; 602 math; 595 writing

  • Overall male: 502 reading; 537 math; 495 writing

  • Overall female: 496 reading; 508 math; 505 writing

  • Overall participation: 83,485 test-takers (87% public; 10% religious; 3% independent)

  • White: 522 reading; 542 math; 523 writing

  • Hispanic: 522 reading; 542 math; 523 writing

  • Black/African-American: 425 reading; 434 math; 420 writing

  • Asian-American: 551 reading; 611 math; 565 writing

  • Family income under $20,000: 416 reading; 441 math; 416 writing

  • Family income over $200,000: 567 reading; 593 math; 573 writing

  • Average GPA English: 3.36 (out of 4.0)

  • Test-takers studying calculus: 31 percent (574 math score, the highest mean in mathematics)

  • Test-takers studying British literature: 34 percent (517 reading, the highest mean in the language arts)

  • Test-takers studying physics: 60 percent (556 math, the highest mean in the sciences)

  • Test-takers studying European history: 20 percent (533 reading and writing, the highest mean in the social sciences)

  • Test-takers studying Latin: 6 percent (555 reading and 552 writing, the highest mean in the languages)

  • Test-takers studying theater: 11 percent (530 reading, the highest mean in the arts)

  • Top 5 intended majors: Health professions (16%), business/management (13%), engineering (8%), visual/performing arts (9%), biological/biomedical sciences (6%)

  • Top 5 colleges applied (SAT scores sent): Rutgers (39.7 %); Montclair State (17.4%); College of New Jersey (15%); Rowan (13.1%); William Paterson (11.3%)

  • Top 5 Out-of-State Colleges: Drexel (10.8); University of Delware (10.2%); Penn State (8.7); Northeastern (6.9%); NYU (6.8%)

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