# America Earns a “Big Fat F” on 2019 SAT

If America’s headlines 48-years ago in 1972 had read, “America Scores Another “F” on 1972 SAT, Now, Sixth Year in a Row,” maybe the results would be different today. The good news, a few students, did okay. But it is less than 20 percent.

The Afterclap makes a direct one-to-one value conversion of all of the different mean scaled scores to what is probably the most common and the most understood scale system used in America. The classroom numerical grade from o to 100. Here, all grades are rounded to two decimal places to improve accuracy. And a grade of 70.00 is considered as passing and the lowest level of preparedness for higher education. More about the methodology later.

Reporting of the SAT initially focuses on three scores:

1. Combined Mean Grade, which was a 54.92
2. Math Mean Grade, which was a 54.67
3. ERW (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) Mean Grade, which was a 55.17

They are followed by an attempt to show growth or the lack of growth by comparing two completely different groups of students against each other. As if the groups of students were competing against each other like sports teams. At The Afterclap, we consider each assessment a snapshot of the academic ability of a group of students on the day assessed. We also believe the grades are not a life sentence, nor are they a ticket to paradise.

The SAT also provides score Distributions for Total Group, Math section, ERW section, Reading subsection, and Writing and Language subsection, Words in Context Subscores, Command of Evidence Subscores, and Expression of Ideas Subscores as shown in Table 1.1, through Table 1.8.

Table 1.1 2019 SAT Total Group Distribution by, Grade, Letter grade, Number of students tested, and by Percent of students

 Grade Distribution Letter Grade Distribution Number of students tested Percent of students 83.33 – 100 B, A 154,485 6.95 66.67 – 82.50 F, D, C, B 431,780 19.45 50.00   – 65.83 F 736,076 33.15 33.33 – 49.17 F 655,005 29.50 16.67 – 32.50 F 237,303 10.69 0 – 15.83 F 5,447 0.25

As Table 1.1 shows, more than 73.59 percent of the students failed to make a 70 or better on the SAT.

Table 1.2 2019 SAT Math section Distribution by, Grade, Letter grade, Number of students tested, and by Percent of students

 Grade Distribution Letter Grade Distribution Number of students tested Percent of students 83.33 – 100 B, A 213,487 9.66 66.67 – 81.67 F, D, C, B 379,248 17.08 50.00 – 65.00 F 732,269 32.98 33.33 – 48.33 F 592,617 26.69 16.67 – 31.67 F 286,203 12.89 0.00 – 15.00 F 16,263 0.73

As Table 1.2 shows, more than 73.29 percent of the students failed to make a 70 or better on the SAT.

Table 1.3 2019 SAT ERW section Distribution by, Grade, Letter grade, Number of students tested, and by Percent of students

 Grade Distribution Letter Grade Distribution Number of students tested Percent of students 83.33 – 100 B, A 146,956 6.62 66.67 – 81.67 F, D, C, B 491,451 22.14 50.00 – 65.00 F 714,170 32.17 33.33 – 48.33 F 651,079 29.33 16.67 – 31.67 F 208,096 9.37 0.00 – 15.00 F 8,335 0.37

As Table 1.3 shows, more than 71.24 percent of the students failed to make a 70 or better on the SAT.

Also, starting in 2017, the SAT included a reading subsection score. For 2019 SAT, the mean reading subsection grade was a 56.66

Table 1.4 2019 SAT Reading subsection Distribution by, Grade, Letter grade, Number of students tested, and by Percent of students

 Grade Distribution Letter Grade Distribution Number of students tested Percent of students 83.33 – 100 B, A 168,174 7.58 66.67 – 81.67 F, D, C, B 533,431 24.03 50.00 – 65.00 F 739,789 33.32 33.33 – 48.33 F 604,105 27.21 16.67 – 31.67 F 136,611 7.37 0.00 – 15.00 F 10,977 0.49

As Table 1.4 shows, more than 68.39 percent of the students failed to make a 70 or better on the reading subsection.

Also, starting in 2017, the SAT included a Writing and Language subsection score. For 2019 SAT, the mean Writing and Language subsection grade was a 53.33

Table 1.5 2019 SAT Writing and Language subsection Distribution by, Grade, Letter grade, Number of students tested, and by Percent of students

 Grade Distribution Letter Grade Distribution Number of students tested Percent of students 83.33 – 100 B, A 172,930 7.79 66.67 – 81.67 F, D, C, B 498,915 22.47 50.00 – 65.00 F 663,459 29.88 33.33 – 48.33 F 634,781 28.59 16.67 – 31.67 F 235,701 10.62 0.00 – 15.00 F 14,301 0.64

As Table 1.5 shows, more than 69.73 percent of the students failed to make a 70 or better on the Writing and Language subsection.

Table 1.6 2019 SAT Words in Context Subscores Distribution by, Grade, Letter grade, Number of students tested, and by Percent of students

 Grade Distribution Letter Grade Distribution Number of students tested Percent of students 86.67 – 100 B, A 247,896 11.17 66.67 – 80.00 F, D, C, B 785,852 35.40 46.67 – 60.00 F 737,732 33.23 26.67 – 40.00 F 343,915 15.49 0.00 – 20.00 F 104,692 4.72

As Table 1.6 shows, more than 53.44 percent of the students failed to make a 70 or better on the Words in Context Subscores.

Table 1.7 2019 SAT Command of Evidence Subscores Distribution by, Grade, Letter grade, Number of students tested, and by Percent of students

 Grade Distribution Letter Grade Distribution Number of students tested Percent of students 86.67 – 100 B, A 266,421 12.00 66.67 – 80.00 F, D, C, B 638,008 28.74 46.67 – 60.00 F 868,699 39.13 26.67 – 40.00 F 431,099 19.42 0.00 – 20.00 F 15,860 0.71

As Table 1.7 shows, more than 59.26 percent of the students failed to make a 70 or better on the Command of Evidence Subscores.

Table 1.8 2019 SAT Expression of Ideas Subscores Distribution by, Grade, Letter grade, Number of students tested, and by Percent of students

 Grade Distribution Letter Grade Distribution Number of students tested Percent of students 86.67 – 100 B, A 317,308 14.29 66.67 – 80.00 F, D, C, B 671,368 30.24 46.67 – 60.00 F 777,046 35.00 26.67 – 40.00 F 414,785 18.68 0.00 – 20.00 F 39,580 1.78

As Table 1.8 shows, more than 55.46 percent of the students failed to make a 70 or better on the Expression of Ideas Subscores.

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