Virginia Beach 2016 grads scored top SATs in Hampton Roads

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The VBCPS Class of 2016, seen here graduating from Frank W. Cox High School, led the Hampton Roads region in all three parts of the SAT through January. (Photo courtesy VBCPS Twitter)

The VBCPS Class of 2016, some of whom are seen here graduating from Frank W. Cox High School in June, led the Hampton Roads region in all three parts of the SAT through January. (Photo courtesy VBCPS Twitter)

Virginia Beach students rocked the SAT for the fifth straight year, the city’s school system said Tuesday.

Students at Virginia Beach Public Schools led the Hampton Roads region in reading, math and writing and outpaced the national average on the standardized test through January 2016, according to a release.

A total of 2,875 VBCPS students from the Class of 2016 took the SAT through January, the release said. Based on results from the College Board, which administers the SAT, these recent graduates had a mean score of 514 in critical reading, which is 27 points higher than the national average. Their mean math score of 511 exceeded the national average by 17 points. In writing, their mean score of 490 was 18 points higher than the national average.

“Preparing students for college and the workplace is at the heart of everything we do in Virginia Beach Schools,” Superintendent Aaron Spence said in a release.

The scores from 2016 ranked as VBCPS’ highest since 2005, the release said.

The January 2016 SAT was also the last administration of a previous version of the exam. In March, the College Board has launched a new test and scoring scale.

For more information about VBCPS and SAT scores, go here.

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