The bottom line on SAT scores in one chart

Here, in one chart, is pretty much everything you need to know about who does and doesn’t perform well on the SAT. Kids from the wealthiest families do the best, and the kids from the poorest families do the worst. This pattern applies to virtually every high-stakes standardized test that is given to kids.

The chart, which shows national average SAT scores by income band for students in the high school class of 2013,  was done by the non-profit National Center for Fair and Open Testing, known as FairTest, which is dedicated to ending the misuse of standardized tests.

Critical Reading     Math Writing Total
$ 0 -  $20,000 435 462 429 1326
$20,000 – $40,000 465 482 455 1402
$40,000 – $60,000 487 500 474 1461
$60,000 – $80,000 500 511 486 1497
$80,000 – $100,000 512 524 499 1535
$100,000 – $120,000 522 536 511 1569
$120,000 – $140,000 526 540 515 1581
$140,000 – $160,000 533 548 523 1604
$160,000 – $200,000 539 555 531 1625
More than  $200,000 565 586 563 1714
Calculated by FairTest from: College Board, College-Bound Seniors 2013: Total Group Profile Report 
and College-Bound Seniors 2006: Total Group Profile Report
Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.
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Valerie Strauss · October 9, 2013