Georgia SAT scores drop slightly in 2014

(WXIA) -- Georgia saw a slight drop in its SAT scores in 2014, according to new data released Tuesday.

About 77 percent of high school seniors took the test this year, up 2.1 percentage points from 2013. Nearly 48 percent of those students were minorities.

Math and critical reading scores dropped by two points this year; the mean scores were 485 and 488, respectively. Writing scores dropped by three points, to 472.

"Do we want to see scores go up every year? Absolutely. However, we know that as more Georgia students take the SAT, we will sometimes see slight decreases," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a release. "The measures are in place to better prepare students for college and 21st-century careers and, by extension, the SAT. The gains in scores will come."

College-bound students who take the SAT tell the College Board where to send their scores. In Georgia, UGA received 30.5 percent of student score sends -- the highest in the state. Other choices among Georgia's seniors include, in order of popularity, Kennesaw State University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Valdosta State University, the University of West Georgia and Georgia College and State University.



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