Lodi Unified School District high school students who took the SAT last school year earned scores slightly higher than the state average, new state data released this week shows.
Although the number of SAT test-takers in California increased, average scores dropped slightly from 2010.
The SAT is one of the most common tests taken voluntarily by high school students for college entrance. It is administered by The College Board, a private organization.
The maximum score on each section of the SAT is 800 points.
The College Board estimates that only 43 percent of the Class of 2012 graduated high school prepared enough to be likely to succeed in college. That estimate is based on how many students scored at least 1550, out of a possible 2400, which indicates they have a 65-percent likelihood of achieving at least a B-minus average during their freshman year in a four-year college, according to The College Board.
Students of California's Class of 2012 who took the three-part exam during high school earned an average score of 1503 — 495 in critical reading, 512 in math and 496 in writing, a threeor four-point drop in each area.
California students scored slightly lower than the national averages of 496 in reading and 514 in math, but higher than the national average of 488 in writing and overall score of 1498.
Lodi Unified School District shows improvement
Lodi and Tokay high school students earned an average score higher than their counterparts statewide, with 1514 and 1527, respectively. About a third of eligible students at each campus took the test.
Tokay had 176 test-takers last year. Students there scored an average of 513 in reading, 526 in math and 488 in writing.
Fifty-five percent scored at 1500 or above on the entire examination.
At Lodi High, where 47 percent hit the 1500 mark, the reading average was 508; math average, 534; and writing, 500.
Aspire Benjamin Holt Preparatory Academy students' overall score was 1479, while Middle College students earned a 1548.
Galt students below average
In Galt, where 40 percent of 12th-graders took the SAT, the specific-subject scores were lower. The reading average was 483, while math scores averaged 496. Galt High School's writing average was 482, putting the school's entire test average at 1461.
Since the scores only include schools with more than 50 11th- and 12th-graders in 2011, Liberty Ranch High School was not included.
Seventy-eight, or 46 percent, Galt High students scored about 1500.