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Florida SAT scores rise and fall



Florida high school students did slightly worse on the reading portion of the SAT this year, and slightly better in math and writing, according to results released this morning.

Average Florida reading scores fell one point, while math scores ticked up one and writing scores crept up two. A total of 98,578 Florida students took the test, up 1.2 percent from last year. The College Board, which administers the SAT, calls it a key predictor of college success.

Florida students continue to score well below their peers. Average national scores remained steady this year at 502 in reading, 515 in math and 494 in writing. Florida scores came in at 496, 497 and 481 respectively.

The College Board does not offer state-by-state comparisons, but ambitious Gradebook readers are welcome to slog through all 50 state reports on the College Board Web site. (Keep in mind that you’ll have to go to other sources to figure out participation rates.)

If ACT scores are any guide, a state-by-state SAT comparison won’t be flattering for Florida. The Sunshine State ranks No. 26 in the percentage of graduating seniors taking the ACT, and No. 48 in average composite scores, according to scores released two weeks ago.

And yet, SAT and ACT scores in Florida will soon matter more than ever. Even though more and more universities are making those tests optional for admissions, the Legislature decided this year to include them in the formula for school grades, beginning in 2009-10.

- Ron Matus, state education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:54am]


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