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2013-14 SAT scores and participation

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This week’s map looks at SAT scores and participation in 2013-14. The SAT exam measures the critical reading, math, and writing abilities of students, providing critical measures of college readiness. Choose a test component or the percent of students who took the SAT exam from the dropdown menu above the map. All of the numbers are also provided in the table below.

A few observations about the data:

  • Statewide, 64 percent of students took the SAT exam, well above the national average (52 percent).
  • Ten districts had participation rates higher than the state average.
  • Four districts had at least 70 percent of students take the SAT exam, while 8 districts reported less than 30 percent of students taking the SAT exam.
  • North Carolina students were on par with the national average in reading, but scored below the national average in math and writing.
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ students had the highest average score (1753) and the highest percent of students who took the exam (81.7 percent).
  • Halifax, Northampton and other northeastern districts near the Virginia border had generally lower average SAT scores, but reported higher than average rates of participation.

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