Kimberly Caddell, director of Research, Assessment and Accountability, presented the 2019 SAT school day outcomes to the Garland ISD District Affairs Committee during the June 11 meeting.

She reported that there were 3,741 test takers in March, and 11th-grade Garland ISD students outperformed the state and national average in the evidence-based mathematics portion, and outperformed the state average in reading and writing.

“Because these students are current juniors, their results will impact our SAT class of 2020 reports, as well as our state accountability outcomes in the student achievement domain, school progress, and closing the gaps domain, as well as distinction designations in the 2021 school year,” Caddell said.

This is the fourth year the district has offered SAT school days to students. Fifty-two percent of GISD students met the evidence-based reading and writing college ready benchmark of 480, and 28 percent met the mathematics college-ready benchmark of 530.

“Twenty-seven percent of our students are college-ready in both evidence-based reading and writing as well as mathematics, thus earning, already as 11th graders, their CCMR (College, Career and Military Readiness) indicator in the state accountability system,” she said.

Data from the past three years' SAT day performance shows that 2019 has the highest scale score performance, as well as the highest percentage of students meeting the college-ready benchmarks for 11th grade students.

She reported that the class of 2020 is the first group of students that have participated in the districtwide college suite of assessments – starting with PSAT 8th grade continuing on into PSAT 9, PSAT and then the SAT their junior year

“GISD students successfully met 2019 targets, even exceeding the mathematics target by 3 percent,” she said.

The district’s goal in reading and writing was to have 52 percent of test takers meet the college-ready benchmark, which was met, and 25 percent for mathematics, which came in at 28 percent.

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