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Recent graduates showed no improvement on the SAT

SAT scores remained stagnant this year. Credit: Wikimedia Commons SAT scores remained stagnant this year.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The College Board — the educational testing organization that administers the SAT — announced last week that recent high school graduates did about as well on the exam as those that took it the year before them.

High school seniors who graduated in 2014 received an average score of 1497 on the SAT, which is one point lower than last year’s average. Some educators are saying the lack of improvement on the test should have schools worried. (A perfect score on the SAT, which tests math, critical reading and writing, is 2400.)

The College Board considers students who score a 1550 or higher to be ready for college-level classes. The Washington Post reports that only 43 percent of students achieved that score.

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“For a long time, institutions like ours have been reporting that too many students aren’t ready for college,” said David Coleman, president and chief executive of the College Board. “It’s time to do something about it.”

In March, the College Board said students would be taking a revised test that emphasized analysis in 2016.

Follow Lakshmi Gandhi on Twitter at @LakshmiGandhi.

 
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