Frederick County Public School Students’ SAT Scores Climb

For Immediate Release
November 11, 2016
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235


The mean composite score of Frederick County Public School students who took the SAT in 2015-16 climbed while achievement nationally declined in all three subject areas on the SAT. According to information released by the College Board, Frederick County’s 2015-16 mean composite score on the SAT was 1533 which is 17 points higher than the mean composite score achieved by FCPS students taking the SAT in 2014-15.

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “Although SAT scores are just a single academic indicator and fluctuate based on a variety of factors, we are very pleased to see the gains made by students taking the SAT last year. In addition to achieving a higher mean score than in 2014-15, our school division’s 2015-16 mean composite score exceeded the national allstudent mean by nearly 50 points.”

Frederick County’s mean composite score for 2015-16 of 1533 is higher than the national all-student mean composite score of 1484. The score is also comparable to Virginia’s all-student mean composite score of 1535. A total of 412 Frederick County students took the SAT in 2015-16.

The SAT includes three sections–critical reading, math, and writing. Each of the three sections is worth up to 800 points making a perfect score 2400.

SAT Mean Scores 2015-16

Critical Reading (Verbal) Score
Frederick County 519
All Tested 494
State 520


Writing Score
Frederick County 495
All Tested 482
State 498


Math Score
Frederick County 519
All Tested 508
State 517


Total Score
Frederick County 1533
All Tested 1484
State 1535