Together with the ACT, the SAT is one of the most widely administered college admissions tests in the United States; more than 3 million high school students take these tests annually. As such, these scores are among the best to use when comparing the relative college-preparedness of a high school’s graduates.
The tables below show three sets of numbers:
- Total is a combination of EBRW and Math for a maximum of 1600 points
- EBRW stands for Evidence Based Reading and Writing, with a maximum score of 800 points
- Math is scored out of a maximum of 800 points
The College Board, the administrator of the SAT, asserts that the minimum score to be considered college and career ready is a combined score of 1010 (480 EBRW and 530 Math). Students who score at this benchmark have a 75% chance of earning at least a C in a first-semester college course.
Top Houston ISD High Schools by SAT Scores
Of the 48 HISD high schools reporting SAT scores for the Class of 2017, the:
- Students at Debakey and Carnegie scored in the 90th percentile (top 10%), which is impressive
- Total average score across the top 5 schools was 1,234, which was the 75th percentile, and significantly above the national average
- Total average score across all schools was 937, which was the 27th percentile and below the national average score of 1060 (50th percentile)
Top Greater Houston Public High Schools by SAT Scores
Of the 61 Houston-area high schools reporting SAT scores for the Class of 2017, the:
- Students at the Texas-wide public magnet Texas Academy of Math and Science are really smart; they scored in the 99th percentile or the top 1% of test takers nationwide
- Total average score across all schools was 961, which was 33rd percentile and below the national average score of 1060 (50th percentile)
- Average scores between EBRW and Math were almost exactly the same
About the Data
- This dataset from the Texas Education Agency looks at SAT scores for the Class of 2017, which was the most recently available data at the time of analysis.
- Not every school requires all students to take the SAT nor do all schools report scores to the TEA; school districts in the Greater Houston list above include Aldine, Alief, Cypress-Fairbanks, Harmony Schools (charter), and Houston