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Average SAT scores for North Carolina students fall by 4 points

Posted September 24, 2012

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— Average SAT scores for high school seniors in North Carolina took a slight dip from 2011 to 2012, according to numbers released Monday by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Test scores fell from an average 1,001 for the class of 2011 to 997 for the class of 2012. A perfect score is 1,600.

A spokeswoman for the department said 68 percent of North Carolina's high school seniors took the college admissions test, the largest participation rate in North Carolina's history.

The national average score remained nearly the same, falling to 1,010 from 1,011 in 2011, according to The College Board's annual SAT report released Monday.

For North Carolina students, the average score in the math section of the test was 506, while the average critical reading score was 491. The average writing score for the class of 2012 was 472. The average total scores include only the math and critical reading sections.

Compared with the scores from the class of 2002, math scores have risen in North Carolina by one point, while critical reading scores have fallen by two points. Nationally, critical reading scores have fallen 8 points, and math scores have fallen by 2 points.

For the first time, The College Board set a benchmark score of 1550 to represent a 65 percent likelihood that students will achieve at least a B average during their first year of college. In North Carolina, 38 percent of students achieved this benchmark. 

Additionally, there was a 7.8 percent increase in the number of North Carolina students taking Advanced Placement exams, as well as a 7.2 percent increase in the number of scores in the range of 3 to 5. Scores in that range are considered high enough to qualify for college credit or placement at most North Carolina colleges.

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  • Z Man Sep 26, 2012

    How tired are we of this over-analysis of our students? These are small ripples and not indicative of something going right or wrong. Get over it people... our kids will do just fine. They're not dummies!

  • ConservativeVoter Sep 25, 2012

    "as bill0 said, there's no union in NC for teachers. If there was, they would have to follow curriculums, meet goals and standards and would be protected against personal agendas and entitled parents(for the most part).
    Offshore"

    If there was a teachers union, we would have teachers striking in downtown Raleigh instead of doing their jobs.

  • ConservativeVoter Sep 25, 2012

    "NC is the last state "pouring money into education". Part of the reason for low test scores is a result of overfilled classrooms and parents who don't want the responsibility of raising their children, helping them with homework, assignments, etc. Also a factor, administration that doesn't back the teachers. - offshore "

    Teachers want no responsibility for the product they turn out.

    No wonder kids are doing so poorly in school.

    If teachers were held accountable for their students performance, you would see kids do much better in school.

  • Sherlock Sep 25, 2012

    That because the teachers did not take the test for them or they had not been provide the test ahead of time to study it.

  • Offshore Sep 25, 2012

    smokeybear:"Keep pouring money into education and look whats turning out of the schools. Graduating stupid students."

    NC is the last state "pouring money into education". Part of the reason for low test scores is a result of overfilled classrooms and parents who don't want the responsibility of raising their children, helping them with homework, assignments, etc. Also a factor, administration that doesn't back the teachers.

    as bill0 said, there's no union in NC for teachers. If there was, they would have to follow curriculums, meet goals and standards and would be protected against personal agendas and entitled parents(for the most part).

  • Groogrux Sep 25, 2012

    Well put billO

  • damauro Sep 25, 2012

    bill0, although your postings about education in this state are really more in response to other postings than about this story, everything you wrote is dead on.

  • bill0 Sep 25, 2012

    "Also.....for those of you shrieking about the NCAE not being a union, they act like a union, they look like a union, they smell like a union, they charge union dues....figure it out."

    It isn't a union. they don't look like a union. They don't act like a union. As for their smell, I'd say that if you are sniffing teachers, maybe you've got a problem.

    Seriously, there are no teachers unions in NC. NC teachers don't negotiate contracts. There are no "unions protecting bad teachers." There are no strikes. Funding and pay rates are 100% determined by elected officials.

    "Keep pouring money into education and look whats turning out of the schools. Graduating stupid students.

    Actually, NC doesn't pour money into education. We are right at the bottom.

  • smokeybear Sep 25, 2012

    Keep pouring money into education and look whats turning out of the schools. Graduating stupid students.

  • WooHoo2You Sep 25, 2012

    Thank you President Obama for circumventing the law passed by Congress and providing waivers for academic progress...your goal of keeping the masses ignorant while simultaneously telling them you are for them is just amazing...you are the great divider...no doubt about it...-grimreaper

    The States ASKED for those "waivers" because they said the current law (which the GOP never liked BTW) was too restrictive.

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