What is the measure?
The SAT (Scholastic Achievement Test) is the dominant college entrance exam given in the United States. Students wanting to enter the University of California or California State University system, as well as other universities, must take this exam. A combined SAT exam score of 1,000 is in many cases the minimum criterion for admission.
How are we doing?
A local survey showed that 72% of the students who graduate from our high schools are seeking postsecondary education. When compared to the state, however, there is a gap between the percentage of Tuolumne County students who take the SAT (26%) and the percentage statewide (35%). Overall, the very low percentage of the county’s high school seniors who are taking the SAT indicates that many students may be missing out on an important step toward their future careers.
Tuolumne County is similar to the state in that female students score lower overall than males. The percentage of county students who meet the minimum criterion is lower than the state average.