Keller ISD participation in SAT on the rise

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While SAT scores for Keller district students have plateaued in recent years, participation is growing.

In five years, the number of graduating seniors taking the test increased from 922 to 1,369—from 56 to 63 percent of the class.

“When your pool of students is increasing, scores typically decrease. That hasn’t happened in Keller,” said Charles Carroll, chief academic officer.

Scores have remained fairly steady. The 2013 critical reading score was 517, math was 531 and writing was 496.

Reading and writing scores were identical to last year’s marks while math dropped two points, or one-fourth of 1 percent. Keller scores outpaced both state and national averages.

The rising trend in participation is also reflected across the state. According to the Texas Education Agency, 2013 marked the first year that the number of Hispanic students taking the SAT was greater than the number of White students.

Carroll said that participation from KISD minority students in all sub-groups has been growing in the last five years.

District officials look for ways to boost student numbers and scores by offering PSAT/SAT prep classes. Students can begin taking the class in summer while in middle school, years before scores are sent to colleges, and take it multiple times.

Teachers also work on SAT knowledge in classwork, but the time to learn about the test is limited because of the demands of state assessments, especially the end of course (EOC) exams.

“The real issue with the SAT is that there’s only so much you can put on a teacher’s plate,” Carroll said. “The challenge is to coalesce some of that down into what is critical to know.”

The eight period school day including lunch makes time management an issue.

“We haven’t made their lives any easier,” he said.

Still, secondary teachers and principals are continuing to make adjustments to the curriculum to foster student success in all areas of high stakes testing

Carroll said, “Good teaching produces good results, and those results show up on end of course exams, SATs and Advanced Placement tests.”

Sandra Engelland, 817-431-2231 Twitter: @SandraEngelland

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