MANATEE COUNTY -- Students taking the SAT in Manatee County for 2011 scored higher than state averages.
About 1,150 of the 2,666 high school 12th graders took the test. They had an average reading score of 495, an average math score of 492 and an average writing score of 474. In comparison, the state’s averages were 483 in reading, 486 in math and 466 in writing.
Southeast High School’s scores in reading, math and writing averaged higher than any other school in the district. Manatee School for the Arts had the second highest reading average followed by Lakewood Ranch High School.
Lakewood Ranch had the second highest math and writing scores.
Despite kudos for excelling above state averages, the students’ overall averages did not exceed 2010 scores said John Pertner, the district’s supervisor of measurement and data analysis.
“There was a slight dip from the previous year,” Pertner said. “Normally, it’s something that will dip about seven points and recover.”
In 2010, students averaged 502 in reading, 504 in math and 481 in writing on the SAT, Pertner said.
Statewide 94,700 students were administered the test in 2011. That number represents a 14 percent increase. However, students statewide did not exceed averages from 2010, according to Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson.
“As Florida continues to raise its standards toward college and career readiness, some temporary decreases in overall performance may occur as increased numbers of students acclimate to higher expectations and increased rigor,” Robinson said in a news release. “This is the case with Florida’s average SAT scores which declined significantly this year in all three tested subject areas. Although performance decreases are never welcome, our transition to higher standards is critical if we are to graduate all our students with the skills and knowledge they need to find success at the next level.”