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SAT scores remain flat in Pinellas, nation

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High school students’ 2013 SAT scores are in, and scores remained flat in Pinellas County and across the nation.

High school students’ average SAT scores across the nation have dropped by an average 20 points since 2006, when the test added a writing portion, according to The College Board. The outlook in Pinellas County is slightly better but still mirrors the national trend.

In Pinellas, only 3,428 students took the SAT during the 2012-2013 school year, compared to 3,624 in 2012 and 3,821 in 2011. Student scores are higher than in years past, but that progress is relatively nominal. Students scored an average of 513 on the reading portion of the test, compared to 508 in 2012 and 507 in 2011. In math, students also scored an average of 513, compared to 511 in 2012 and 508 in 2011. In writing, the average score was 491, compared to 489 in 2012 and 485 in 2011.

In Florida, students performed below the national average, with a mean reading score of 492, math score of 490 and writing score of 475. Nationally, reading scores averaged 496, math 514 and writing 488.

Those numbers, calculated on a 200- to 800-point scare, are identical to 2012’s scores.

The results also show that the ACT, a rival college admissions test, may be gaining popularity among Florida students. About 74 percent of high school seniors — 124,131 students — opted to take the ACT, compared to only 112,554 that chose to take the SAT. Students are able to take both tests

More than 800 accredited colleges and universities across the nation do not require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores, according to data complied by the National Center for Fair and Open Testing.

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