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Table 154. SAT mean scores of college-bound seniors and percentage of graduates taking SAT, by state or jurisdiction: Selected years, 1995-96 through 2009-10
State or jurisdiction 1995-96 2000-01 2005-06 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 Percent of
graduates
taking SAT,
2008-091
Percent of
graduates
taking SAT,
2009-101
Critical reading Mathe-
matics
Critical reading Mathe-
matics
Critical reading Mathe-
matics
Writing2 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 19
United States 505 508 506 514 503 518 497 502 515 494 501 515 493 501 516 492 46 47
Alabama 565 558 559 554 565 561 565 565 557 554 557 552 549 556 550 544 7 7
Alaska 521 513 514 510 517 517 493 520 520 493 520 516 492 518 515 491 46 48
Arizona 525 521 523 525 521 528 507 516 522 500 516 521 497 519 525 500 26 25
Arkansas 566 550 562 550 574 568 567 575 567 559 572 572 556 566 566 552 5 4
California 495 511 498 517 501 518 501 499 515 498 500 513 498 501 516 500 49 50
                                     
Colorado 536 538 539 542 558 564 548 564 570 553 568 575 555 568 572 555 20 18
Connecticut 507 504 509 510 512 516 511 509 513 513 509 513 512 509 514 513 83 84
Delaware 508 495 501 499 495 500 484 499 498 490 495 498 484 493 495 481 71 71
District of Columbia 489 473 482 474 487 472 482 470 455 465 466 451 461 474 464 466 79 76
Florida 498 496 498 499 496 497 480 496 497 481 497 498 480 496 498 479 59 59
                                     
Georgia 484 477 491 489 494 496 487 491 493 482 490 491 479 488 490 475 71 74
Hawaii 485 510 486 515 482 509 472 481 502 470 479 502 469 483 505 470 58 58
Idaho 543 536 543 542 543 545 525 540 540 517 541 540 520 543 541 517 18 19
Illinois 564 575 576 589 591 609 586 583 601 578 588 604 583 585 600 577 6 6
Indiana 494 494 499 501 498 509 486 496 508 481 496 507 480 494 505 477 63 64
                                     
Iowa 590 600 593 603 602 613 591 603 612 582 610 615 588 603 613 582 3 3
Kansas 579 571 577 580 582 590 566 580 589 564 581 589 564 590 595 567 7 6
Kentucky 549 544 550 550 562 562 555 568 570 554 573 573 561 575 575 563 7 6
Louisiana 559 550 564 562 570 571 571 566 564 558 563 558 555 555 550 547 7 7
Maine3 504 498 506 500 501 501 491 469 466 461 468 467 455 468 467 454 90 92
                                     
Maryland 507 504 508 510 503 509 499 499 502 497 500 502 495 501 506 495 69 70
Massachusetts 507 504 511 515 513 524 510 514 525 513 514 526 510 512 526 509 84 86
Michigan 557 565 561 572 568 583 555 581 598 572 584 603 575 585 605 576 5 5
Minnesota 582 593 580 589 591 600 574 596 609 579 595 609 578 594 607 580 7 7
Mississippi 569 557 566 551 556 541 562 574 556 566 567 554 559 566 548 552 4 3
                                     
Missouri 570 569 577 577 587 591 582 594 597 584 595 600 584 593 595 580 5 4
Montana 546 547 539 539 538 545 524 541 548 523 541 542 519 538 538 517 22 24
Nebraska 567 568 562 568 576 583 566 581 585 567 587 594 572 585 593 568 4 4
Nevada 508 507 509 515 498 508 481 498 506 478 501 505 479 496 501 473 42 43
New Hampshire 520 514 520 516 520 524 509 521 523 511 523 523 510 520 524 510 75 77
                                     
New Jersey 498 505 499 513 496 515 496 495 513 496 496 513 496 495 514 497 76 76
New Mexico 554 548 551 542 557 549 543 557 548 540 553 546 534 553 549 534 11 11
New York 497 499 495 505 493 510 483 488 504 481 485 502 478 484 499 478 85 85
North Carolina 490 486 493 499 495 513 485 496 511 482 495 511 480 497 511 477 63 63
North Dakota 596 599 592 599 610 617 588 594 604 568 590 593 566 580 594 559 3 4
                                     
Ohio 536 535 534 539 535 544 521 534 544 521 537 546 523 538 548 522 22 21
Oklahoma 566 557 567 561 576 574 563 572 572 557 575 571 557 569 568 547 5 5
Oregon 523 521 526 526 523 529 503 523 527 502 523 525 499 523 524 499 52 54
Pennsylvania 498 492 500 499 493 500 483 494 501 483 493 501 483 492 501 480 71 71
Rhode Island 501 491 501 499 495 502 490 495 498 493 498 496 494 494 495 488 66 67
                                     
South Carolina 480 474 486 488 487 498 480 488 497 476 486 496 470 484 495 468 67 66
South Dakota 574 566 577 582 590 604 578 595 596 575 589 600 569 592 603 571 3 3
Tennessee 563 552 562 553 573 569 572 571 570 566 571 565 565 576 571 565 10 10
Texas 495 500 493 499 491 506 487 488 505 480 486 506 475 484 505 473 51 53
Utah 583 575 575 570 560 557 550 561 557 543 559 558 540 568 559 547 6 6
                                     
Vermont 506 500 511 506 513 519 502 519 523 507 518 518 506 519 521 506 64 66
Virginia 507 496 510 501 512 513 500 511 512 499 511 512 498 512 512 497 68 67
Washington 519 519 527 527 527 532 511 526 533 509 524 531 507 524 532 508 53 54
West Virginia 526 506 527 512 519 510 515 512 501 498 511 501 499 515 507 500 18 16
Wisconsin 577 586 584 596 588 600 577 587 604 577 594 608 582 595 604 579 5 4
Wyoming 544 544 547 545 548 555 537 562 574 541 567 568 550 570 567 546 5 5
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 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, 1995-96 through 2009-10, retrieved September 14, 2010, from http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/2010-sat-trends.pdf. (This table was prepared September 2010.)
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