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Glossary-2013 SAT Report

This glossary defines key terms shown on the school, district, county and State level records

The terms described below are listed in the order in which they appear in the headings.

Background

This document is meant to accompany the SAT Report. The California Department of Education (CDE) receives student-level SAT data from the College Board. These data are then aggregated to produce school, district, county, and state level reports. The SAT Report includes only California public schools that had (1) at least one student taking the SAT exam or (2) zero students taking the SAT exam but had 11 or more enrollment in grades eleven and/or twelve. The enrollment information is based on data submitted by local educational agencies (LEAs) and maintained in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS). Scores for schools that had fewer than eleven students taking the SAT are not shown on the SAT Report in order to preserve the anonymity of the students.

SAT Report

Grade 12 Enrollment

The number of students reported as enrolled in grade twelve. (Note: For district, county, and state reports, the enrollment does not reflect the total enrollment of all the schools in the district, county, or state, but reflects the enrollment of only those schools that received a SAT Report.) Data reported to CALPADS by LEAs (as of October 2012 Fall Census Day).

Number Tested

The number of students for whom the College Board reported SAT data. College Board and CDE public school data. (Note: SAT records are linked to schools based on a secondary school code recorded by the student on the SAT test.)

Percent Tested

"Number Tested" divided by "Grade 12 Enrollment." Calculated element. (Note: Because data for "Grade 12 Enrollment" and "Number Tested" are compiled at different points in time, these numbers may be valid even when the percent tested exceeds 100 percent. In other cases, the number of test takers may include grade eleven students.)

Critical Reading Average (formerly titled "Verbal Average")

The average critical reading SAT score is calculated based on the sum of students' critical reading SAT scores at the school, district, county, or state level divided by the "Number Tested" (at each level). Calculated element using critical reading SAT scores reported by the College Board.

Math Average

The average math SAT score is calculated based on the sum of students' math SAT scores at the school, district, county, or state level divided by the "Number Tested" (at each level). Calculated element using math SAT scores reported by the College Board.

Writing Average (2005–06 and after)

The average writing SAT score is calculated based on the sum of students' writing SAT scores at the school, district, county, or state level divided by the number of students tested (at each level). Calculated element using writing SAT scores reported by the College Board.

Total >= 1,500 Number (Prior to 2005–06, Total >= 1,000 Number)

The number of students at each level (school, district, county, and state) with total SAT scores (critical reading, math, and writing scores combined) that met or exceeded 1,500. (Note: Prior to 2005–06, "Total >= 1,000 Number" was based on combined verbal and math scores.) Calculated Element.

Total >=1,500 Percent

Beginning in 2007–08, the percent was calculated by dividing the "Total >= 1,500 Number" by the "Number Tested." Calculated Element.

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Last Reviewed: Friday, February 21, 2020
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