Florida SAT scores lag behind U.S. averages

Florida’s SAT scores are inching upward — and more minority students are taking the exam — but the state continues to lag behind national averages, according to Class of 2012 results released on Monday.

Florida’s average scores in the reading, mathematics and writing portions of the SAT were 492, 492, and 476, respectively. The national averages for those three categories are 496, 514, and 488.

Florida education officials, in reacting to the results, focused on the positive — specifically, that Florida scores were up versus a year ago, and that Florida’s Hispanic students are outperforming their counterparts nationally.

“I am pleased that our students are improving their SAT performance,” Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said in a statement. “The data released today are proof that their hard work is preparing them for the next step in education and life.”

Compared to last year, Florida’s average reading SAT score is up five points, the average math score is up three points, and the average writing score is up five points.

Nationally, SAT scores are slightly down this year, with both reading and writing average scores falling by one point each, while math scores held steady.

The rival ACT exam has been steadily growing in popularity in recent years, and slightly more students now take the ACT, both in Florida and in the United States as a whole. The trend in Florida’s ACT numbers is generally the same — scores are rising, but are not yet equal to national averages.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/24/3019010/florida-sat-scores-lag-behind.html#storylink=cpy