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PSAT™ 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT® scores for SBISD students continue to exceed state and national scores


A new report shows Spring Branch ISD students outperformed their peers on the 2021 PSAT™ 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT® assessments at both the state and national levels.

In Fall 2021, over 8,800 SBISD students in grades 8-11 took the PSAT™ 8/9 or the PSAT/NMSQT® assessments, which focus on Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) and Math. Even with the large numbers of tested students, the district outperformed their counterparts from the state and nation groups, in most grades and subjects.

As an example, over the last five years the total mean score for SBISD eighth graders taking the PSAT™ 8/9 increased by 13 points, going from 823 in 2017 to 836 in 2021. In 2021, SBISD outscored their statewide peers by 50 points and their peers across the nation by 37 points.

* Fall 2021 data for this report is accurate as of Jan. 6, 2022.

Other points of pride from SBISD’s PSAT™ 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT® assessment data include:

  • The total mean score for ninth graders taking the PSAT™ 8/9 was 39 points higher than the State and 14 points higher than the Nation.
  • The total mean score for 10th graders taking the PSAT/NMSQT® increased by 20 points, going from 905 in 2017 to 925 in 2021. This is 34 points and 6 points higher than the State and Nation, respectively.
  • The total mean score for 11th graders taking the PSAT/NMSQT® was 30 points higher than their counterparts across the State.

SBISD is committed to providing students with access to postsecondary pathways. Starting in eighth grade, the PSAT™ 8/9 establishes a baseline measurement of college and career readiness and provides feedback to students and educators in areas that measure the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in college.
Participation in the College Board® assessments continues to remain high due to the district’s investment in the School Day program, which allows SBISD to offer the PSAT™ 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT® to all students in grades 8-11.

“The phenomenal teachers and school administrators at Spring Branch ISD are dedicated to helping our students prepare for success at the postsecondary level,” Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Blaine said. “They work very hard, and it shows in our students’ success.”


PSAT/NMSQT® is a registered trademark of the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which are not affiliated with, and do not endorse Spring Branch ISD.