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Table 137. SAT score averages of college-bound seniors and percentage of graduates taking SAT, by state or jurisdiction: Selected years, 1987-88 through 2006-07
State or jurisdiction 1987-88 1995-96 2000-01 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 Percent of graduates taking SAT, 2005-061 Percent of graduates taking SAT, 2006-071
Critical reading Mathe-matics Critical reading Mathe-matics Critical reading Mathe-matics Critical reading Mathe-matics Critical reading Mathe-matics Writing2 Critical reading Mathe-matics Writing2
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
United States 505 501 505 508 506 514 508 520 503 518 497 502 515 494 48   48  
Alabama 554 540 565 558 559 554 567 559 565 561 565 563 556 554 9   9  
Alaska 518 501 521 513 514 510 523 519 517 517 493 519 517 491 51   48  
Arizona 531 523 525 521 523 525 526 530 521 528 507 519 525 502 32   32  
Arkansas 554 536 566 550 562 550 563 552 574 568 567 578 566 565 5   5  
California 500 508 495 511 498 517 504 522 501 518 501 499 516 498 49   49  
                                     
Colorado 537 532 536 538 539 542 560 560 558 564 548 560 565 549 26   24  
Connecticut 513 498 507 504 509 510 517 517 512 516 511 510 512 511 84   84  
Delaware 510 493 508 495 501 499 503 502 495 500 484 497 496 486 73   72  
District of Columbia 479 461 489 473 482 474 490 478 487 472 482 478 462 471 78 3  78 3 
Florida 499 495 498 496 498 499 498 498 496 497 480 497 496 479 65   65  
                                     
Georgia 480 473 484 477 491 489 497 496 494 496 487 494 495 483 70   69  
Hawaii 484 505 485 510 486 515 490 516 482 509 472 484 506 473 60   61  
Idaho 543 523 543 536 543 542 544 542 543 545 525 541 539 519 19   19  
Illinois 540 540 564 575 576 589 594 606 591 609 586 594 611 588 9   8  
Indiana 490 486 494 494 499 501 504 508 498 509 486 497 507 483 62   62  
                                     
Iowa 587 588 590 600 593 603 596 608 602 613 591 608 613 586 4   4  
Kansas 568 557 579 571 577 580 585 588 582 590 566 583 590 569 8   8  
Kentucky 551 535 549 544 550 550 561 559 562 562 555 567 565 553 11   10  
Louisiana 551 533 559 550 564 562 565 562 570 571 571 569 567 563 6   7  
Maine4  508 493 504 498 506 500 509 505 501 501 491 466 465 457 73   100  
                                     
Maryland 509 501 507 504 508 510 511 515 503 509 499 500 502 496 70   70  
Massachusetts 508 499 507 504 511 515 520 527 513 524 510 513 522 511 85   85  
Michigan 532 533 557 565 561 572 568 579 568 583 555 568 579 553 10   9  
Minnesota 546 549 582 593 580 589 592 597 591 600 574 596 603 577 10   9  
Mississippi 557 539 569 557 566 551 564 554 556 541 562 568 549 560 4   4  
                                     
Missouri 547 539 570 569 577 577 588 588 587 591 582 594 594 587 7   6  
Montana 547 547 546 547 539 539 540 540 538 545 524 538 543 522 28   28  
Nebraska 562 561 567 568 562 568 574 579 576 583 566 579 585 562 7   6  
Nevada 517 510 508 507 509 515 508 513 498 508 481 500 506 480 40   41  
New Hampshire 523 511 520 514 520 516 525 525 520 524 509 521 521 512 82   83  
                                     
New Jersey 500 495 498 505 499 513 503 517 496 515 496 495 510 494 82   82  
New Mexico 553 543 554 548 551 542 558 547 557 549 543 555 546 540 13   12  
New York 497 495 497 499 495 505 497 511 493 510 483 491 505 482 88   89  
North Carolina 478 470 490 486 493 499 499 511 495 513 485 495 509 482 71   71  
North Dakota 572 569 596 599 592 599 590 605 610 617 588 584 596 562 4   4  
                                     
Ohio 529 521 536 535 534 539 539 543 535 544 521 536 542 522 28   27  
Oklahoma 558 542 566 557 567 561 570 563 576 574 563 578 571 559 7   6  
Oregon 517 507 523 521 526 526 526 528 523 529 503 522 526 502 55   54  
Pennsylvania 502 489 498 492 500 499 501 503 493 500 483 493 499 482 74   75  
Rhode Island 508 496 501 491 501 499 503 505 495 502 490 496 498 492 69   68  
                                     
South Carolina 477 468 480 474 486 488 494 499 487 498 480 488 496 475 62   62  
South Dakota 585 573 574 566 577 582 589 589 590 604 578 589 602 567 4   3  
Tennessee 560 543 563 552 562 553 572 563 573 569 572 574 569 568 15   13  
Texas 494 490 495 500 493 499 493 502 491 506 487 492 507 482 52   52  
Utah 572 553 583 575 575 570 566 557 560 557 550 558 556 544 7   6  
                                     
Vermont 514 499 506 500 511 506 521 517 513 519 502 516 518 508 67   67  
Virginia 507 498 507 496 510 501 516 514 512 513 500 511 511 498 73   73  
Washington 525 517 519 519 527 527 532 534 527 532 511 526 531 510 54   53  
West Virginia 528 519 526 506 527 512 523 511 519 510 515 516 507 505 20   20  
Wisconsin 549 551 577 586 584 596 592 599 588 600 577 587 598 575 6   6  
Wyoming 550 545 544 544 547 545 544 543 548 555 537 565 571 544 10   8  
1 Participation rate is based on the projection of high school graduates by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), and the number of seniors who took the SAT in each state.
2 Writing data are based on students who took the SAT writing section, which was introduced in March 2005.
3 Participation rate is based on self-reported 2002 twelfth-grade enrollment from D.C.'s public and nonpublic schools because WICHE estimated fewer graduating seniors than actual SAT test takers.
4 Beginning with the spring SAT administration in 2006, all Maine high school juniors, including all students in their third year of high school, are required to take SAT tests in critical reading, writing, and mathematics.
NOTE: Data are for seniors who took the SAT any time during their high school years through March of their senior year. If a student took a test more than once, the most recent score was used. The SAT was formerly known as the Scholastic Assessment Test and the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Possible scores on each part of the SAT range from 200 to 800.
SOURCE: College Entrance Examination Board, College-Bound Seniors Tables and Related Items, selected years, 1987-88 through 2006-07, retrieved August 28, 2007, from http://www.collegeboard.com/about/news_info/cbsenior/yr2007/links.html. (This table was pre­pared August 2007.)
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