Virginia's 2013 public school graduates achieved significant gains and outperformed their peers nationwide on the SAT college-admissions test, according to results released today by the College Board. Average scores for Virginia public school graduates rose four points in critical reading, one point in mathematics and two points in writing. Among public school students nationwide, achievement was flat in reading, and dropped two points in mathematics and one point in writing.
Speaking about Virginia students' performance on the SAT college-admissions test, Governor Bob McDonnell commented, "Most Virginia high schools are doing a great job preparing our students for the college entrance exams. While nationwide test scores showed no growth, this year we saw in Virginia impressively high marks on every section of the SAT. This is due to the rigorous standards we hold our students too, and the high-quality classroom instruction by our teachers."