Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Kansas education officials say a decline in scores on the SAT college entrance exam by the high school class of 2011 is linked at least partly to the rise in the number of students who took the tests.
The Kansas Department of Education released the results Wednesday. The agency says that 6 percent of graduating seniors took the test in 2011, up from 4 percent in 2010.
Of a possible 800 on the math portion, Kansas students posted a mean score of 598, down five points from the previous year. They also scored 590 for critical reading, down 12 points, and 569 in writing, a nine-point decline from 2010.
The Kansas scores were significantly better than the national averages of 415 in math, 497 in reading and 489 in writing.