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Florida SAT scores tick up slightly

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August

SAT scores for Florida's high school graduates inched up one point in reading and one point in math in 2009, and dipped one point in writing, according to a report this morning from the College Board, which administers the test. The slight increase comes as the number of students taking the test, which many consider to be a key predictor of success in college, rose from 98,578 to 100,179.

On the glass-half-empty side: Florida students continue to trail their peers nationally. The average composite score nationally was 1509. In Florida, it was 1475.

On the glass-half-full side: A greater percentage of Florida students (58 percent of its graduates) is taking the SAT than nationally (46 percent). And Florida's Hispanic and black students are doing better than their peers nationally in reading and math.

“Florida’s students continue to respond to higher academic expectations by challenging themselves and making significant learning gains,” Gov. Charlie Crist said in a written statement. “In this way, our schools and teachers are ensuring a strong learning environment for all Florida students.” 
 
Ron Matus, State Education Reporter

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