Virginia Beach students outperformed the nation in SAT scores

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) –  Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students outperformed the nation on all three components of the SAT, according to results released Wednesday by the College Board.

For the fifth consecutive year, Virginia Beach also led all other school divisions in Hampton Roads in scores for reading, math and writing. The 2016 scores are also the highest for the division since 2005, the last time the SAT was previously revised.

The College Board’s report is based solely on SAT results for students who graduated from public schools in 2016 and who took the SAT through January 2016. The College Board unveiled a new test with a new scoring scale in March 2016. A total of 2,875 VBCPS Class of 2016 graduates took the SAT through January 2016.

“Preparing students for college and the workplace is at the heart of everything we do in Virginia Beach schools,” said Superintendent Aaron Spence. “We know that many colleges use SAT scores as an indicator of strong academic performance and college readiness; therefore, we are proud that our students are once again outperforming their peers across the nation.”