Sept. 26, 2013
Virginia students' average scores on the SAT college-admission test have increased in all three sections.
Figures released Thursday by the College Board show the Commonwealth's public school class of 2013 scored 512 points in reading, up four points from the previous year. The math score increased 1 point to 511, while the writing score rose 2 points to 494.
Virginia students scored 21 points higher than the national average in reading, eight points higher in math and 14 points higher in writing.
African-American students' scores improved in all three sections. Hispanic students' reading and math scores increased while their writing score was unchanged.
A total of 53,072 public school seniors in the state took the SAT — a slight decrease in participation over the previous year’s 53,806 public school participants. In all, 67 percent of the state’s public school graduates and 71 percent of graduating seniors overall took the SAT in 2013.