Rhode Island’s SAT, PSAT scores show students perform worse than before pandemic

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Department of Education released on Thursday the latest SAT and PSAT scores for the state’s high school students.

However, the state assessments continue to show that students are performing worse than before the pandemic. Connecticut, who also administer SAT, saw similar decreases.

English language arts and mathematics performance on the SAT and PSAT is relatively unchanged from 2021 and lower than performance prior to the pandemic, data shows.

2020 SAT scores:

Math (minimum score of 530 out of 800): 25.3%

English language arts (minimum score of 480 out of 800): 47.1%

In 2019, 31.2% of students were considered proficient in math, and 50.5% were considered proficient in English language arts.

2022 PSAT scores:

Math (minimum score of 480 out of 760): 29.2%

English language arts (minimum score of 430 out of 760): 59.2%

In 2019, 31% of students were considered proficient in math, and 60.1% were considered proficient in English language arts.

The state said they are working to address this problem by expanding access to advanced courses, working with districts to review strategic plans, and adopting high quality curriculum materials to support educators teaching new materials.

The annual RICAS test scores for grades 3 through 8 have yet to be released.

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