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SAT scores dip as participation increases

September 14, 2011

SAT scores were down in all subject categories for Rhode Island seniors taking the test last year. The average score dropped three points in reading, six points in math and 4 points in writing. Nearly 60 percent of Rhode Island seniors took the test, a 7 percent increase from the class of 2010.

The Ocean State continues to have the lowest average SAT scores in New England, with the exception of Maine, which tests all students. The drop last year reflects both a regional and national trend, according to a report out today from the College Board.

Rhode Island officials say they are encouraged by an increase in the proportion of seniors taking the SAT.

“Participation rates are a critical measure we track because we want to ensure that more students, particularly our Black and Hispanic students who have been underrepresented, are taking the SATs,” said Education Commissioner Deborah Gist in a written statement.

Participation rates improved by 6.1 percent for Black students in Rhode Island and 12.1 percent among Hispanic students.

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