MANATEE — SAT college entrance exam scores for Florida students in the class of 2010 remained largely unchanged from a year before, although more students are taking the test, according to an annual report released by the College Board today.
A record 1.6 million members of the Class of 2010 took the SAT as they applied for college, according to the College Board’s report. Last year 1.5 million students took the exam.
The average 2010 Manatee graduate scored a 495 on critical reading and 498 on math, according to figures released by the Florida Department of Education. In writing, they averaged a 475. Each section has a maximum score of 800.
Compared to last year’s average scores, Manatee graduates declined by five points in reading, by six points in math and by eight points in writing.
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Manatee students scores were worse on the SAT than the state and the national average.
Statewide, the average graduate scored a 496 on critical reading (down from last year’s 497) and 498 in math (identical to last year’s average), according to an College Board. In writing, they averaged a 479, one point lower than in 2009.
Nationwide, the average student scored 501 (out of a possible 800) on the reading section of the test, 516 on the math section and 492 on the writing exam.
In Florida, 102,741 students took the exam, the most in state history. It was also the most diverse group of test takers, with 48.5 percent being minorities, reports show.
In Manatee, the number of graduates who took it increased slightly. Here 1,000 of 2,536 graduates took the test, according to state DOE statistics. That’s 39 percent of the senior class.
Last year, 38.8 percent of graduates took the test here.
In Sarasota, 1,488 of 2,766, or 54 percent, of graduates took the test compared to last year’s 48.54 percent.
Average Sarasota results show graduates scored a 520 on reading, a 522 in math and a 498 in writing. Last year, they scored a 520 in reading, a 524 in math and a 501 in writing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.