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SAT I scores for 2004 graduates of Department of Defense high schools in Europe remained above the national average in the verbal portion of the test, but lagged in the math portion, according to results released recently by the DOD’s education activity.

The scores for Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe students averaged 513 for verbal and 503 for math, while the national averages were 508 for verbal and 518 for math.

A larger percentage of DODDS-Europe students took the test this year, 65 percent, compared to the national average of 48 percent.

“While the DODDS-Europe participation rate is significantly above that of the nation, we still score at about the national average,” DODDS-Europe spokesman Frank O’Gara wrote in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes.

“But that’s just not good enough. Every year we explore new ways to improve students’ test-taking skills and to enhance the rigor of our secondary programs. … We are aggressively pursuing ways to increase the achievement and performance of all students.”

Overall, students from 12 schools in DODDS-Europe increased averages in both verbal and math scores from the previous year. Eight schools had lower scores in both categories.

Five schools scored higher than the national average for both portions, with the 124 test-takers from Ramstein High School in Germany averaging a 539 verbal and 532 math.

Alconbury High School in England had the highest average verbal score with a 551, and Brussels High School in Belgium had the highest average math score with a 567.

The press release showed that DODDS’ African-American students scored much higher than the national average, 40 points higher in verbal and 25 in math. Hispanic students scored an average 18 points higher in verbal and four points higher in math.

According to the release, the SAT I is a three-hour test measuring verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities, to measure students’ possible college performance. SAT I scores range from 200 to 800, and the release said that four DOD students scored 800 in verbal and another four had a perfect score in math.

SAT I results by school

No. of tests SAT I Verbal SAT I Math No. of tests SAT I Verbal SAT I Math

School

2003

2004

Ansbach HS

14

488

478

23

483

456

Bad Aibling School

6

*

*

**

**

**

Bamberg HS

16

494

473

17

508

490

Hohenfels HS

24

527

508

20

489

471

Patch HS

71

539

519

45

551

520

Vilseck HS

50

490

456

39

477

482

Würzburg HS

77

496

478

63

505

490

Giessen HS

7

*

*

9

*

*

Hanau HS

37

474

482

32

512

482

Heidelberg HS

105

533

526

100

524

508

Mannhein HS

23

544

510

23

516

526

Wiesbaden/

H. H. Arnold

90

515

487

78

521

493

A.T. Mahon HS

16

528

509

12

541

491

Alconbury HS

15

538

481

13

555

508

Bahrain School

90

501

537

97

501

539

Brussels HS

14

526

536

18

532

567

Lajes HS

14

521

505

21

469

476

Lakenheath HS

70

517

510

76

517

510

London Central HS

43

514

480

47

512

491

Menwith Hill ES/HS

8

*

*

19

508

534

Shape HS

33

544

552

45

525

506

Afnorth HS

42

510

503

33

529

523

Baumholder HS

26

485

478

26

501

512

Bitburg HS

36

515

486

48

517

498

Kaiserslautern HS

69

510

483

75

487

468

Ramstein HS

125

518

504

124

539

532

Ankara HS/

Geo. C. Marshall

17

549

561

10

501

539

Aviano HS

41

530

500

40

501

506

Incirlik HS

23

499

492

12

453

443

Livorno HS

6

*

*

6

*

*

Naples HS

57

522

497

58

520

512

Rota/David G. Farragut HS

20

507

492

24

510

462

Sigonella/

Stephen Decatur

25

467

447

21

480

482

Vicenza HS

29

499

474

20

528

511

*-Average score unavailable.

**-Bad Aibling School closed in 2004.

SOURCE: DODDS

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