Columbia’s college-bound seniors posted higher scores this year than last in the verbal and math sections of the SAT entrance exams, up 3 points each.
“Our average SAT verbal was 623 and the average math score was 625, with a composite of 1,248,” said Cheryl Cozette, assistant superintendant for curriculum and instruction for the Columbia Public School District.
Last year, average scores were 620 for verbal and 622 for math, out of a possible 800.
Columbia averages are considerably higher than both the national and state averages. In Missouri, the average score for both verbal and math was 588; nationally, it was 508 for verbal and 520 for math, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Nationwide, 49 percent of seniors took the SAT while in Columbia 12 percent of the seniors took it.
“We are always striving to increase achievement of our students, and these scores reflect the quality education that our students get in Columbia,” Cozette said.
The higher SAT scores in Columbia are part of overall trends toward higher scores. College-bound seniors in Missouri gained one point on the verbal section and three points on the math section compared to 2004. Nationwide, seniors scored 2 points higher than the class of 2004 on the math section of the SAT while the average verbal scores were unchanged at 508.
Eighteen percent of incoming freshmen at MU submit SAT scores, said Barbara Rupp, director of admissions. The rest typically take the ACT.
“A lot of students that come in with SAT are out of state,” Rupp said.
Average scores for incoming freshmen at MU for fall 2005 won’t be available until October; last year, incoming freshmen had an average of 595 for verbal and 599 for math, Rupp said.
Although SAT scores have gone up nationwide, the scores of incoming freshmen at MU have not changed much. “They have really been almost the same for us,” Rupp said.