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If the Richmond SOL scores are bad news, the Richmond SAT scores are a disaster.

But first, some history.  Until 2010, Richmond reported "average" SAT scores that sometimes approached the state average but that were much higher than any high school except Community and, sometimes, Open. 

The 2010 data explained the anomaly.  After being called out for their mendacity, RPS, for the first time, reported the average for Maggie Walker; it was some 200 points above the "average." 

A little checking shows that, if one is willing to count the scores at Maggie Walker, which is NOT a Richmond public school, into the average for Richmond public schools, the "average" is correct, arithmetically at least. 

School  # Tested  SAT Reading 
TJ 103 427
Huguenot  106 415
Franklin 21 386
Wythe  54 383
Marshall  64 372
Armstrong  56 373
Community  41 490
Open 46 463
MLW 156 696
Total 647  
Average   481

Take out Maggie Walker and you get the truthful average:

School  # Tested  SAT Reading 
TJ 103 427
Huguenot  106 415
Franklin 21 386
Wythe  54 383
Marshall  64 372
Armstrong  56 373
Community  41 490
Open 46 463
Total 491  
Average   413

 

If you are surprised to see Richmond lying about the SAT scores and VDOE letting them get away with it, take a deep breath and see how they have been stealing SOL scores from Maggie Walker (and lying to the federal government about the SOL scores), cheating on the tests for kids with disabilities, ignoring the truancy laws, and encouraging cheating by the teachers).

Here, then, are the more current data, available as of summer, 2016, for both Reading and Math:

NOTE: Graphs updated 9/16 after I found the current MLW data.

To provide some context: In 2014, the 25/75 percentile scores of students admitted to Longwood were 470/550 for the Reading test and 460/540 for math.  In contrast, the 416 reading average in Richmond (in 2016) was 54 points below the 25th percentile Longwood score; the math score of 409 was 61 points below.  The Virginia averages for reading and math were 508 and 510.  Roughly translated: The average Virginia SAT taker scored near the middle of the Longwood entering class; the average Richmond taker, 54 or 60 points below the 25th percentile entering Longwood.

"Disaster" is too kind a word for this situation.  "Expensive disaster" comes closer.  Yet the Richmond Times-Dispatch doesn't think the lousy scores and Richmond's whoppers are a big deal.  Actually, "doesn't think" covers the RT-D.

The Richmond Schools' web page formerly said at the top:

 

"Capital punishment" would have been closer to the truth.  Recently they changed that to read: "Building a Better District."  That, at least, is an achievable goal.  We'll now see how far the new Superintendent can take it.

 

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Last updated 09/12/16
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