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Texas All-State Music Students Soar on SAT's

Thanks to our friends in the great state of Texas...

The Texas Music Educators Association in the May "97 issue of "Southwestern Musician" released the latest comparisons of the Texas All-State Music Groups and both Texas and national average SAT scores. No Surprises. The All State students significantly blew away both averages in many instances by over 200 points. I wonder if there is a message administrators can take from this. Hmmmmm....

  Here are the comparisons for 1996 and 1997:

 

1996
1997

Choir

1153

1156

Concert Band

1235

1119

Jazz Ensemble

1221

1169

Philharmonic Orchestra

1232

1278

Symphonic Band

1180

1239

Symphony Orchestra

1244

1301

Composit (All Groups) Score

1211

1210

National Average

1013

N/A

State Average

995

N/A

 

Students of the arts continue to outperform their non-arts peers on the SAT, according to reports by the College Entrance Examination Board. In 1997, SAT takers with coursework/experience in music performance scored 52 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 37 points higher on the math portion than students with no coursework or experience in the arts. Scores for those with coursework in music appreciation were 62 points higher on the verbal and 42 points higher on the math portion.

Data for these reports were gathered by the Student Descriptive Questionnaire, a component of the SAT that provides information about students' academic preparation.

TEXAS ALL-STATE MUSICIANS SCORE 196 POINTS ABOVE NATIONAL AVERAGE ON THE 2000 SAT

A recent analysis of the SAT Scores of students who participated in the 2000 Texas All State Musical Ensembles revealed that All State Musicians scored 196 points higher than the national average. (2000 National average, 1019; 2000

Texas All State average, 1215)

Source: www.tmea.org/025_Advocacy/allstate.htm

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