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Table 144. SAT mean scores of college-bound seniors and percentage of graduates taking SAT, by state or jurisdiction: Selected years, 198788 through 200708
State or jurisdiction 1987–88 1995–96 2000–01 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 Percent of graduates taking SAT, 2006–071  Percent of graduates taking
SAT, 2007–081 
Critical reading Mathe-matics Critical reading Mathe-matics Critical reading Mathe-matics Critical reading Mathe-matics Writing2  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 18
United States 505 501 505 508 506 514 503 518 497 502 515 494 502 515 494 48   45
Alabama 554 540 565 558 559 554 565 561 565 563 556 554 565 557 554 9   8
Alaska 518 501 521 513 514 510 517 517 493 519 517 491 520 520 493 48   45
Arizona 531 523 525 521 523 525 521 528 507 519 525 502 516 522 500 32   26
Arkansas 554 536 566 550 562 550 574 568 567 578 566 565 575 567 559 5   5
California 500 508 495 511 498 517 501 518 501 499 516 498 499 515 498 49   48
                                     
Colorado 537 532 536 538 539 542 558 564 548 560 565 549 564 570 553 24   21
Connecticut 513 498 507 504 509 510 512 516 511 510 512 511 509 513 513 84   83
Delaware 510 493 508 495 501 499 495 500 484 497 496 486 499 498 490 72   70
District of Columbia 479 461 489 473 482 474 487 472 482 478 462 471 470 455 465 78 3 84
Florida 499 495 498 496 498 499 496 497 480 497 496 479 496 497 481 65   54
                                     
Georgia 480 473 484 477 491 489 494 496 487 494 495 483 491 493 482 69   70
Hawaii 484 505 485 510 486 515 482 509 472 484 506 473 481 502 470 61   58
Idaho 543 523 543 536 543 542 543 545 525 541 539 519 540 540 517 19   18
Illinois 540 540 564 575 576 589 591 609 586 594 611 588 583 601 578 8   7
Indiana 490 486 494 494 499 501 498 509 486 497 507 483 496 508 481 62   62
                                     
Iowa 587 588 590 600 593 603 602 613 591 608 613 586 603 612 582 4   3
Kansas 568 557 579 571 577 580 582 590 566 583 590 569 580 589 564 8   7
Kentucky 551 535 549 544 550 550 562 562 555 567 565 553 568 570 554 10   8
Louisiana 551 533 559 550 564 562 570 571 571 569 567 563 566 564 558 7   7
Maine4  508 493 504 498 506 500 501 501 491 466 465 457 469 466 461 100   87
                                     
Maryland 509 501 507 504 508 510 503 509 499 500 502 496 499 502 497 70   69
Massachusetts 508 499 507 504 511 515 513 524 510 513 522 511 514 525 513 85   83
Michigan 532 533 557 565 561 572 568 583 555 568 579 553 581 598 572 9   6
Minnesota 546 549 582 593 580 589 591 600 574 596 603 577 596 609 579 9   8
Mississippi 557 539 569 557 566 551 556 541 562 568 549 560 574 556 566 4   3
                                     
Missouri 547 539 570 569 577 577 587 591 582 594 594 587 594 597 584 6   5
Montana 547 547 546 547 539 539 538 545 524 538 543 522 541 548 523 28   24
Nebraska 562 561 567 568 562 568 576 583 566 579 585 562 581 585 567 6   5
Nevada 517 510 508 507 509 515 498 508 481 500 506 480 498 506 478 41   40
New Hampshire 523 511 520 514 520 516 520 524 509 521 521 512 521 523 511 83   74
                                     
New Jersey 500 495 498 505 499 513 496 515 496 495 510 494 495 513 496 82   76
New Mexico 553 543 554 548 551 542 557 549 543 555 546 540 557 548 540 12   12
New York 497 495 497 499 495 505 493 510 483 491 505 482 488 504 481 89   84
North Carolina 478 470 490 486 493 499 495 513 485 495 509 482 496 511 482 71   63
North Dakota 572 569 596 599 592 599 610 617 588 584 596 562 594 604 568 4   3
                                     
Ohio 529 521 536 535 534 539 535 544 521 536 542 522 534 544 521 27   24
Oklahoma 558 542 566 557 567 561 576 574 563 578 571 559 572 572 557 6   6
Oregon 517 507 523 521 526 526 523 529 503 522 526 502 523 527 502 54   53
Pennsylvania 502 489 498 492 500 499 493 500 483 493 499 482 494 501 483 75   71
Rhode Island 508 496 501 491 501 499 495 502 490 496 498 492 495 498 493 68   66
                                     
South Carolina 477 468 480 474 486 488 487 498 480 488 496 475 488 497 476 62   61
South Dakota 585 573 574 566 577 582 590 604 578 589 602 567 595 596 575 3   3
Tennessee 560 543 563 552 562 553 573 569 572 574 569 568 571 570 566 13   11
Texas 494 490 495 500 493 499 491 506 487 492 507 482 488 505 480 52   50
Utah 572 553 583 575 575 570 560 557 550 558 556 544 561 557 543 6   6
                                     
Vermont 514 499 506 500 511 506 513 519 502 516 518 508 519 523 507 67   64
Virginia 507 498 507 496 510 501 512 513 500 511 511 498 511 512 499 73   68
Washington 525 517 519 519 527 527 527 532 511 526 531 510 526 533 509 53   52
West Virginia 528 519 526 506 527 512 519 510 515 516 507 505 512 501 498 20   19
Wisconsin 549 551 577 586 584 596 588 600 577 587 598 575 587 604 577 6   5
Wyoming 550 545 544 544 547 545 548 555 537 565 571 544 562 574 541 8   6
1 Participation rate is based on the projection of high school graduates by the Western Inter-state 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 12th-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. The critical reading section was formerly known as the verbal section.
SOURCE: College Entrance Examination Board, College-Bound Seniors Tables and Related Items, selected years, 1987–88 through 2007–08, retrieved August 26, 2008, from http://professionals.collegeboard.com/data-reports-research/sat/cb-seniors-2008. (This table was prepared August 2008.)
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