State High School Students Score Lower On SAT's

August 28, 2007

Virginia high school students scored slightly lower on the SAT's this year.

According to The College Board, the organization that owns the SAT test, the average reading score among Virginia students was 511
out of a possible 800 points. That's down one point from 512 in
2006. The average math score was 511, down 2 points from last
year, and critical writing at 498, was also down 2 points.

The national average in reading was 502, which was down 1 point, 515 in math, down 3 points, and 494 in critical writing, also down 3 points nationally from last year.

Each section is graded on a 200-point to 800-point scale. The College Board didn't offer an explanation why this year's scores were lower, but it did note that a record number of students took the test. The test-takers also were the most diverse ever.


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