SAT scores increase in Pinellas
Pinellas saw a slight increase in SAT scores this year, marking a five-year high for local test-takers. The average composite score was 1517 (out of 2400), above the state's 1457 average.
Reading scores jumped the most in Pinellas, up five points over 2012 to 513 (out of 800). Math bumped up two points to 513, amd writing went up two points to 491.
While Pinellas test-takers saw across-the-board improvements over 2009, Florida's averages are lower for all subjects.
White students typically outperform their black and Hispanic peers on the SAT, drawing criticism that schools are not serving their minority students as well. There is also a wealth of research that standardized test questions are worded to bias white students' performance.
In Pinellas, the average composite score for black students was 1301, and the average for Hispanic students was 1499. For white students, the composite was 1548.
However, black and Hispanic students made more significant year-to-year gains on the SAT than their white peers, a promising sign as Pinellas struggles to close its achievement gap. Pinellas's black test-takers improved their reading scores 12 points over last year, while the Florida average for this group stayed flat.