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SAT scores in NC, SC decline again; GA increases

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Reports released Monday showed that scores for the SAT college-entrance exam fell again in the Carolinas, but increased seven points in Georgia.

South Carolina's graduating seniors posted lower scores on the SAT college entrance exam for the fourth consecutive year. But more students than ever are taking college-level Advanced Placement courses. Participation in after-course tests for those classes increased by more than double the national rate.

The average composite score for the Class of 2012 on the SAT's math, critical reading and writing portions was 1,431. That's five points below last year and 23 points below 2007-08. The national average dropped two points to 1,498.

Meanwhile, nearly 22,000 AP tests received scores high enough to earn college credit. That's up by more than 10 percent from 2011. The number of tests taken increased by 14 percent.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction said that average scores on each of the three sections of the SAT fell by two points compared to 2011. Critical reading scores dropped to 496, math scores fell to 514 and writing dropped to 488.

The number of students taking Advanced Placement exams increased 7.8 percent and the number of scores high enough to get college credit increased 7.2 percent.

In Georgia, SAT scores for high school seniors jumped seven points.

The state's average score was 1,452. This year's average score marked the end of a five-year slide in scores in the state.

The report showed that the state's rate of participation in the test increased by one percentage point to 81 percent, well above the national rate of 31 percent. That gives Georgia the seventh-highest participation rate nationwide.

The scoring gap between the state's black and white students was 270 points, down from 272 last year. Black and Hispanic students in Georgia outperformed those subgroups nationally.

Nationally, the average score was 1,498. The average score for critical reading fell one point to 496 and scores in the writing sections fell one point to 488. Math scores remained steady at 514. The maximum score on each section is 800.

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