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Table 134. -  Scholastic Assessment Test\1\ score averages, by state: 1987 to 1997
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                      |    1987      |    1994      |    1995      |    1996      |    1997      |Percentage of
                      |______________|______________|______________|______________|______________|  graduates
        State         |Verbal|Mathe- |Verbal|Mathe- |Verbal|Mathe- |Verbal|Mathe- |Verbal|Mathe- | taking SAT,
                      |      |matical|      |matical|      |matical|      |matical|      |matical|     1997\2\
______________________|______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|_____________
          1           |  2   |   3   |  4   |   5   |  6   |   7   |  8   |   9   |  10  |  11   |     12
______________________|______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|_____________
    United States ....|  507 |   501 |  499 |   504 |  504 |   506 |  505 |   508 |  505 |   511 |          42
                      |______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|_____________
Alabama ..............|  553 |   535 |  556 |   547 |  565 |   555 |  565 |   558 |  561 |   555 |           8
Alaska ...............|  521 |   504 |  510 |   502 |  521 |   513 |  521 |   513 |  520 |   517 |          48
Arizona ..............|  539 |   526 |  519 |   519 |  524 |   520 |  525 |   521 |  523 |   522 |          29
Arkansas .............|  556 |   540 |  552 |   537 |  556 |   542 |  566 |   550 |  567 |   558 |           6
California ...........|  500 |   507 |  489 |   506 |  492 |   509 |  495 |   511 |  496 |   514 |          45
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |
Colorado .............|  542 |   535 |  532 |   534 |  538 |   538 |  536 |   538 |  536 |   539 |          30
Connecticut ..........|  515 |   499 |  502 |   497 |  507 |   502 |  507 |   504 |  509 |   507 |          79
Delaware .............|  517 |   496 |  505 |   491 |  505 |   494 |  508 |   495 |  505 |   498 |          65
District of Columbia .|  482 |   462 |  479 |   468 |  485 |   471 |  489 |   473 |  490 |   475 |          60
Florida ..............|  501 |   497 |  490 |   492 |  497 |   496 |  498 |   496 |  499 |   499 |          50
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |
Georgia ..............|  478 |   470 |  474 |   474 |  483 |   477 |  484 |   477 |  486 |   481 |          63
Hawaii ...............|  481 |   502 |  477 |   504 |  483 |   507 |  485 |   510 |  483 |   512 |          54
Idaho ................|  548 |   524 |  537 |   529 |  544 |   532 |  543 |   536 |  544 |   539 |          15
Illinois .............|  539 |   540 |  553 |   562 |  563 |   574 |  564 |   575 |  562 |   578 |          14
Indiana...............|  492 |   487 |  488 |   493 |  492 |   494 |  494 |   494 |  494 |   497 |          57
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |
Iowa .................|  588 |   586 |  580 |   586 |  589 |   595 |  590 |   600 |  589 |   601 |           5
Kansas ...............|  572 |   562 |  568 |   565 |  576 |   571 |  579 |   571 |  578 |   575 |           9
Kentucky .............|  554 |   538 |  549 |   543 |  552 |   542 |  549 |   544 |  548 |   546 |          12
Louisiana ............|  548 |   530 |  556 |   549 |  560 |   552 |  559 |   550 |  560 |   553 |          10
Maine ................|  510 |   493 |  497 |   490 |  504 |   497 |  504 |   498 |  507 |   504 |          67
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |
Maryland .............|  513 |   502 |  505 |   503 |  506 |   503 |  507 |   504 |  507 |   507 |          64
Massachusetts ........|  511 |   500 |  502 |   500 |  505 |   502 |  507 |   504 |  508 |   508 |          80
Michigan .............|  534 |   533 |  547 |   554 |  559 |   565 |  557 |   565 |  557 |   566 |          11
Minnesota ............|  548 |   549 |  569 |   576 |  580 |   591 |  582 |   593 |  582 |   592 |           9
Mississippi ..........|  561 |   540 |  559 |   546 |  572 |   557 |  569 |   557 |  567 |   551 |           4
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |
Missouri..............|  549 |   538 |  560 |   554 |  569 |   566 |  570 |   569 |  567 |   568 |           9
Montana ..............|  555 |   548 |  540 |   542 |  549 |   553 |  546 |   547 |  545 |   548 |          22
Nebraska .............|  563 |   562 |  557 |   559 |  568 |   570 |  567 |   568 |  562 |   564 |           9
Nevada ...............|  516 |   508 |  506 |   508 |  511 |   508 |  508 |   507 |  508 |   509 |          32
New Hampshire ........|  527 |   512 |  515 |   510 |  520 |   515 |  520 |   514 |  521 |   518 |          70
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |
New Jersey ...........|  502 |   493 |  494 |   500 |  496 |   503 |  498 |   505 |  497 |   508 |          69
New Mexico ...........|  559 |   544 |  550 |   546 |  559 |   549 |  554 |   548 |  554 |   545 |          12
New York .............|  501 |   495 |  492 |   497 |  495 |   498 |  497 |   499 |  495 |   502 |          74
North Carolina .......|  477 |   468 |  482 |   482 |  488 |   482 |  490 |   486 |  490 |   488 |          59
North Dakota .........|  583 |   573 |  570 |   573 |  587 |   602 |  596 |   599 |  588 |   595 |           5
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |
Ohio .................|  532 |   521 |  533 |   531 |  536 |   535 |  536 |   535 |  535 |   536 |          25
Oklahoma .............|  560 |   539 |  557 |   554 |  565 |   553 |  566 |   557 |  568 |   560 |           8
Oregon ...............|  521 |   509 |  513 |   515 |  525 |   522 |  523 |   521 |  525 |   524 |          50
Pennsylvania .........|  505 |   491 |  494 |   489 |  496 |   489 |  498 |   492 |  498 |   495 |          72
Rhode Island .........|  509 |   492 |  496 |   488 |  502 |   490 |  501 |   491 |  499 |   493 |          70
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |
South Carolina .......|  474 |   466 |  473 |   473 |  478 |   473 |  480 |   474 |  479 |   474 |          56
South Dakota .........|  587 |   577 |  558 |   563 |  579 |   576 |  574 |   566 |  574 |   570 |           4
Tennessee ............|  563 |   543 |  562 |   553 |  571 |   560 |  563 |   552 |  564 |   556 |          13
Texas ................|  493 |   486 |  489 |   500 |  495 |   501 |  495 |   500 |  494 |   501 |          49
Utah .................|  577 |   557 |  582 |   573 |  585 |   576 |  583 |   575 |  576 |   570 |           4
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |
Vermont ..............|  518 |   500 |  504 |   498 |  506 |   499 |  506 |   500 |  508 |   502 |          69
Virginia .............|  511 |   499 |  501 |   495 |  504 |   494 |  507 |   496 |  506 |   497 |          69
Washington ...........|  532 |   519 |  511 |   512 |  519 |   517 |  519 |   519 |  523 |   523 |          46
West Virginia.........|  534 |   519 |  516 |   507 |  525 |   509 |  526 |   506 |  524 |   508 |          18
Wisconsin ............|  550 |   551 |  562 |   575 |  574 |   585 |  577 |   586 |  579 |   590 |           7
Wyoming ..............|  557 |   551 |  535 |   541 |  551 |   544 |  544 |   544 |  543 |   543 |          12
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\1\Formerly known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
\2\Based on the number of high school graduates in 1997 as projected by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and the number of 1997 seniors who took the SAT I.

NOTE.--Possible scores on each part of the SAT range from 200 to 800. Rankings of states based on SAT scores alone are invalid because of the varying proportions of students in each state taking the tests.

SOURCE: College Entrance Examination Board, "College-Bound Seniors: 1997 Profile of SAT Program Test Takers," Copyright @ 1997 by the College Entrance Examination Board. All rights reserved.) (This table was prepared September 1998.)

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