See the news release on early admissions for details. There is enough good information here that we need to spend four days reviewing it. This is day 4.
Academically, the Class of 2019 Early Decision contingent rivals any in the college’s past. Standardized test score averages are in line with previous Early Decision cohorts: SAT averages of 709 critical reading, 701 math, and 707 writing, and an ACT average of 32.
“Rivals” is a polite way of saying “not as good as.” For the class of 2018, the College reported:
Standardized test score averages are higher than any previous Early Decision cohort: 716 Critical Reading, 713 Math and 724 Writing and 32 ACT.
For the class of 2017, we have:
This is reflected in the impressive standardized test score averages: 711 critical reading, 706 math, and 724 writing.
As always, the best summary statistic is Reading + Math. The trend is 2017 (1417), 2018 (1429) and 2019 (1410). A drop of 19 points in the last year may just be a blip. Or is could be a sign that the College is putting more emphasis on race/income/athletics now, at least in the ED pool. Informed commentary is welcome.
Of course, what we really need a a good time series of this data and comparisons to peer schools. Who will build this for us?