Something's Wrong With the PSAT
Aka When Standardized Tests Aren’t Standard
Last fall’s PSAT tests showed an unusual drop in scores. If your child took the PSAT for 10th or 11th graders last fall and their math score seemed low, it may not be the test taker but the test itself.
High school counselors across the country saw significant drops in the PSAT scores for 10th and 11th graders (sophomore and juniors). The lower scores were particularly noticeable in the math section.
This information was distilled by Compass Education Group https://www.compassprep.com/major-drop-in-psat-scores/
The number of juniors scoring over 1400 dropped 30% from 71,000 to under 50,000 students
The number of sophomores scoring over 1400 dropped 36%
High scoring students scored as much as 30 points lower than in previous years. A student who would have scored 1400 in 2019 was more likely to score 1370 in last year’s scoring.
Many fewer students scored in the very high National Merit ranges
The drop also affected students who are not high scorers. Students scoring around 1200 dropped by 15% for juniors and 21% for sophomores. A 1200 score, for example, would include 600 in Reading and Writing and 600 in Math
The average PSAT scores for all 1.7 million juniors who took the test dropped by 10 points
Math scores dropped around twice the number of Reading and Writing scores
The number of students meeting the Math baseline benchmark for college-readiness dropped 10% in 2019