indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+ indianz.com on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
Kill The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines

printer friendly version
Native students show gains on college test
Wednesday, August 27, 2003

The SAT scores of Native American students increased slightly this year, part of a national trend of improvement on the popular college entrance exam.

Based on a scale from 200 to 800, Native students scored an average of 482 on the math portion of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), and an average of 480 on the verbal portion, according to results released yesterday. Both scores were far below the national average of 519 for math and 507 for verbal, the College Board, the group that administers the SAT, reported.

But the results are part of a long-term trend of improvement, the board said. In the past 10 years, American Indian and Alaska Native students have shown a 6-point gain on the math and 3-point gain on the verbal portions of the standardized test.

The scores put Native students among the higher-performing racial and ethnic minorities in the country. Only Asian-Americans and "others" performed higher on both portions of the test. White students also showed higher test results.

When broken down by state, the performance varied greatly. In Oklahoma the 5 percent of test-takers who were Native showed an average math score of 554 and verbal of 559, far above the national averages.

In Montana, where only 2 percent of test-takers were Native, the results were below the national averages. The average math for Native students was 473 while the average verbal was 491.

The same went for New Mexico, where 4 percent of test-takers identified themselves as American Indian or Alaska Native. Their average math score this year was 419 while the average verbal was 429.

Of the 1.4 million students who took the SAT this year, only about 1 percent were Native American. Their average grade point average, or GPA, was 3.17 on a 4.0 scale. This was lower than the GPAs of Asian (3.41), White (3.37), Other (3.25) and Mexican-American (3.21) students.

Nearly half, or 47 percent, of Native Americans who took the SAT are considered "first-generation" students. First-generation indicates that neither of a student's parents earned a college degree.

Parental education is linked to higher performance, the board reported. Students whose parents received a bachelor's or a graduate degree show higher scores on both portions of the test. Students with parents that only attended high school, or did not graduate, scored significantly below the national average.

Another factor tied to SAT scores is the subjects a student takes. Physics, pre-calculus and calculus are associated with better performance on the test. The majority of Native students didn't take any of the three subjects, while most Asian, Mexican-American, White and other students did.

The SAT is the most popular college entrance exam. It is typically required of universities in the East.

Most Western schools, on the other hand, allow students to submit their SAT or American College Test (ACT) scores. The national ACT scores are being released today.

State by State Results:
2003 National Report

Test Data:
Strong SAT Math Score Gains for Almost All Racial/Ethnic Groups between 1992 and 2002 | SAT Scores Vary by Race/Ethnicity | Minorities Were 35 Percent of SAT Takers in the Class of 2002 | More Tables and Graphs

Relevant Links:
College Board - http://www.collegeboard.com

Related Stories:
Native students show gains on college test (08/28)

Copyright 2000-2003 Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:
On Facebook

On Twitter

On Google+

On SoundCloud
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
First Lady Michelle Obama shares story of hope with Indian school (5/26)
Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at Santa Fe Indian School (5/26)
Gary Davis of NCAIED joins Small Business Administration council (5/26)
Arne Vainio: A mother's gift carried me through many life journeys (5/26)
Native Sun News: Tribes score big in fights against energy projects (5/26)
Lakota Country Times: Education Secretary hears from Pine Ridge (5/26)
Ivan Star Comes Out: Ending Whiteclay beer sales starts at home (5/26)
Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux youth lead efforts to bring relatives home (5/26)
Gyasi Ross: Drug epidemic sweeping through Native communities (5/26)
Jacqueline Keeler: Shameful and skewed poll on racist NFL name (5/26)
Interview with Melvin Monette about Cobell scholarship program (5/26)
Auction house in France won't stop sale of sacred tribal property (5/26)
United Keetoowah Band installs new leader after impeachment (5/26)
Kewa Pueblo builds new community around historic trading post (5/26)
Eastern Cherokee elder translates 'Charlotte's Web' into Tsalagi (5/26)
Puyallup Tribe works to keep language alive for new generations (5/26)
Iowa Tribe offers free play on poker website ahead of full launch (5/26)
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe offers gaming options closer to home (5/26)
Kaw Nation receives national award for tribal gaming initiatives (5/26)
Indian Health Service reform efforts gaining steam on Capitol Hill (5/25)
Indian Health Service announces more hires at troubled hospital (5/25)
Keepseagle attorneys open application process for $38M in grants (5/25)
Three tribes enter cooperative agreements for buy-back program (5/25)
New leader selected for HUD's Office of Native American Programs (5/25)
Indian relay racers gear up for event hosted by Muckleshoot Tribe (5/25)
Cronkite News: Tribes seek return of property up for sale in France (5/25)
Native Sun News: Anti-suicide effort incorporates tribal traditions (5/25)
Lakota Country Times: Pine Ridge youth showcase film projects (5/25)
Mark Trahant: Native vote victory for Tawna Sanchez in Oregon (5/25)
Brandon Ecoffey: Lakota people come together in times of need (5/25)
Editorial: Tribes must come up with plan for return of Black Hills (5/25)
John McCoy: Disenrollment and blood quantum are not our way (5/25)
Adrian Jawort: Addressing race relations and healing in Montana (5/25)
Fort Peck Tribes oppose new directive on transgender students (5/25)
Leader of United Keetoowah Band ousted through impeachment (5/25)
Agua Caliente Band launches software development company (5/25)
Sen. Barrasso to chair platform committee for GOP convention (5/25)
Cowlitz Tribe welcomes discussions with opponent over casino (5/25)
Little Traverse Bay Bands open doors to Class II gaming facility (5/25)
Tuolumne Band celebrates 15th birthday with casino expansion (5/25)
Former Winnebago Tribe casino employee denies theft charge (5/25)
Proposed rule brings LGBT equality to tribal housing programs (5/24)
Chairman of Quapaw Tribe endorses Democrat Hillary Clinton (5/24)
Appropriations bill blocks new federal recognition regulation (5/24)
Native American Children's Safety Act clears final Hill hurdle (5/24)
9th Circuit won't rehear Tohono O'odham Nation gaming case (5/24)
Lakota Country Times: Army promises return of tribal children (5/24)
Native Sun News: New business sprouts up at Wounded Knee (5/24)
Mark Trahant: Tulalip citizen lands role in Democratic platform (5/24)
Brandon Ecoffey: Pine Ridge unites for search of missing men (5/24)
Men who went missing found dead on Pine Ridge Reservation (5/24)
Billy Mills: Flawed poll can't justify use of team's racist mascot (5/24)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.