The 451 MNPS students who took the SAT and boosted the MNPS average higher certainly deserve some credit, but it's not them, it's MNPS that's getting the good press.
We're told in the headline (and that's all that most people will read) that the SAT scores 'jumped' above the national average but past SAT data isn't provided. We'll just have to take their word for it.
“That indicates that our top students can compete with top students anywhere,” [Paul] Changas [director of assessment and evaluation for the district] said. “Over the last five years, we’ve gone on the SAT from being below the state average to being above the state average. … Demographically, this group should be comparable to groups across the state.” City Paper 2007-11-12 "Metro’s high-achieving SAT-takers among the nation’s best, district says" (no link thanks to their new and improve "e-paper")
Good for them. Really. They managed to do what too many of our students cannot. Twice as many students likely will not even graduate. (See counter at top right.)