The average SAT score dipped from 502 last year to 501 on the critical reading section of the test. Math scores held steady at 515, and writing fell from 494 to 493.
. . . Forty percent of students in this year’s pool were minorities and more than one-third reported their parents had never attended college. More than a quarter reported English was not their first language at home.
Female students are more likely to take the SAT; males earn slightly higher scores in reading, lower scores in writing and much higher scores in math.
Asian-Americans, the highest scoring group, made significant gains, while whites, blacks and Hispanics declined. The rich got richer:
. . . scores by students reporting their families earned over $200,000 surged 26 points to 1702, an increase that could fuel further criticism the test is too coachable and favors students who can afford expensive test-prep tutoring.
Of course, affluent students might have better teaching and learning opportunities all the way through school. Their parents certainly try hard enough to provide that.