Loudoun Students Outscore Fellow Virginians on SAT

Loudoun students performed better on the SAT in 2021 than they did in 2020, and bested the Virginia state average score by 31 points, data from the College Board shows.

The average SAT score for the 64% of class of 2021 seniors who took the test was 1182—an increase of 9 points from 2020’s 1173 average. Loudoun seniors, on average, outscored peers throughout the state by 31 points, and globally, by 122 points.

The test format includes two sections—Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math—for a total of 800 possible points each. There is also an optional essay, which doesn’t count toward the total score.

Average Loudoun reading scores increased from 592 to 597, and in math, from 581 to 585.

The total of 4,073 test-takers was 14% below the previous year. 

A racial breakdown released by the school division showed that 30% fewer Black students and 31% fewer Hispanic students took the SATs last year. Participation among white students was down 16%. 

Meanwhile, the 1,011 Asian test takers represented a 7% increase. That subgroup also posted the highest scores, an average of 1274. The average score for white students was 1169. The average score for Hispanic students was 1088 and 1069 for Black students. While the scores for Asian and Black students increased—up by 13 and 11 points, respectively—white and Hispanic students saw lower average scores compared with 2020—down 4 and 2 points, respectively.

While some states require taking the SAT or the similar American College Testing exam as a requirement for high school graduation, the testing is optional in Virginia. Some college-bound students may not take the SAT at all, opting to take the shorter ACT instead. 

The college board reported students in the district designated 757 different post-secondary schools to receive scores. In state, the most common institutions were Virginia Tech (38.3% of students submitting), George Mason (32.7%), University of Virginia (31.5%) James Madison University (25.1%) and Virginia Commonwealth University (23.8%).

4 thoughts on “Loudoun Students Outscore Fellow Virginians on SAT

  • 2021-09-16 at 10:43 am

    This is great news. I’m tired of hearing folks run down LCPS. I know they’re really running down LCPS leadership. But sometimes their criticism gives the impression that LCPS students aren’t achieving. This year’s SAT scores are impressive. Let’s give credit where credit is due.

    • 2021-09-16 at 6:47 pm

      You do understand that the SAT is mainly an aptitude test, right? Like the CogAT test given in 2nd grade where the student scoring above the 97th percentile didn’t obtain that score because of LCPS. Nobody doubts that the students in Loudoun, children of doctors/lawyers/engineers/etc, are very bright. They question the competence of the despicable LCPS “leadership”.

      Let me ask you a question Timmy. If I removed the scores for 14% of the poorest students in any district, would the average score for that district go up, down or stay the same? (under virtually all scenarios)

      Another question. Suppose I withheld education from high school students for a year and then sent them to take the SAT. Suppose every student’s score dropped. But then I removed the scores for 14% of the poorest students. would the average score the final 86% be higher or lower than the average for the same set of high school students who had not missed a year of school?

      Btw, do you understand weighted averages?

  • 2021-09-16 at 12:02 pm

    Ignore the headline. It’s pure FLUFF.
    These test scores are a demographic nightmare for anyone who cares about ALL of Loudoun’s children.
    Read the story again.
    Non-asian minorities are walking away from the SATs.
    Blame the (D)s at “Education” court and in Richmond for that. They’ve been so busy chasing their radical social agenda and ignoring the science regarding in-person learning, that children are being left behind.

    This is truly sad.

  • 2021-09-16 at 12:23 pm

    So, LCPS goes virtual for a year, the kids aren’t in school, and their test scores go up? How much better would they do if they didn’t attend LCPS at all?

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