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Table 137  Scholastic Assessment Test\1\ score averages, by state: 1987-88 to 1997-98

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                      |    1987-88   |    1993-94   |    1994-95   |    1995-96   |    1996-97   |    1997-98   |Percentage |Percentage
                      |______________|______________|______________|______________|______________|______________|    of     |    of
        State         |Verbal|Mathe- |Verbal|Mathe- |Verbal|Mathe- |Verbal|Mathe- |Verbal|Mathe- |Verbal|Mathe- |graduates  |graduates
                      |      |matical|      |matical|      |matical|      |matical|      |matical|      |matical|taking SAT,|taking SAT,
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |1996-97\2\ |1997-98\3\
______________________|______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|___________|___________
          1           |  2   |   3   |  4   |   5   |  6   |   7   |  8   |   9   |  10  |  11   |  12  |  13   |    14     |    15
______________________|______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|___________|___________
    United States ....|  505 |   501 |  499 |   504 |  504 |   506 |  505 |   508 |  505 |   511 |  505 |   512 |        42 |        43
                      |______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|______|_______|___________|___________
Alabama ..............|  554 |   540 |  556 |   547 |  565 |   555 |  565 |   558 |  561 |   555 |  562 |   558 |         8 |         8
Alaska ...............|  518 |   501 |  510 |   502 |  521 |   513 |  521 |   513 |  520 |   517 |  521 |   520 |        48 |        52
Arizona ..............|  531 |   523 |  519 |   519 |  524 |   520 |  525 |   521 |  523 |   522 |  525 |   528 |        29 |        32
Arkansas .............|  554 |   536 |  552 |   537 |  556 |   542 |  566 |   550 |  567 |   558 |  568 |   555 |         6 |         6
California ...........|  500 |   508 |  489 |   506 |  492 |   509 |  495 |   511 |  496 |   514 |  497 |   516 |        45 |        47
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |           |
Colorado .............|  537 |   532 |  532 |   534 |  538 |   538 |  536 |   538 |  536 |   539 |  537 |   542 |        30 |        31
Connecticut ..........|  513 |   498 |  502 |   497 |  507 |   502 |  507 |   504 |  509 |   507 |  510 |   509 |        79 |        80
Delaware .............|  510 |   493 |  505 |   491 |  505 |   494 |  508 |   495 |  505 |   498 |  501 |   493 |        65 |        70
District of Columbia .|  479 |   461 |  479 |   468 |  485 |   471 |  489 |   473 |  490 |   475 |  488 |   476 |        60 |        83
Florida ..............|  499 |   495 |  490 |   492 |  497 |   496 |  498 |   496 |  499 |   499 |  500 |   501 |        50 |        52
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |           |
Georgia ..............|  480 |   473 |  474 |   474 |  483 |   477 |  484 |   477 |  486 |   481 |  486 |   482 |        63 |        64
Hawaii ...............|  484 |   505 |  477 |   504 |  483 |   507 |  485 |   510 |  483 |   512 |  483 |   513 |        54 |        55
Idaho ................|  543 |   523 |  537 |   529 |  544 |   532 |  543 |   536 |  544 |   539 |  545 |   544 |        15 |        16
Illinois .............|  540 |   540 |  553 |   562 |  563 |   574 |  564 |   575 |  562 |   578 |  564 |   581 |        14 |        13
Indiana...............|  490 |   486 |  488 |   493 |  492 |   494 |  494 |   494 |  494 |   497 |  497 |   500 |        57 |        59
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |           |
Iowa .................|  587 |   588 |  580 |   586 |  589 |   595 |  590 |   600 |  589 |   601 |  593 |   601 |         5 |         5
Kansas ...............|  568 |   557 |  568 |   565 |  576 |   571 |  579 |   571 |  578 |   575 |  582 |   585 |         9 |         9
Kentucky .............|  551 |   535 |  549 |   543 |  552 |   542 |  549 |   544 |  548 |   546 |  547 |   550 |        12 |        13
Louisiana ............|  551 |   533 |  556 |   549 |  560 |   552 |  559 |   550 |  560 |   553 |  562 |   558 |        10 |         8
Maine ................|  508 |   493 |  497 |   490 |  504 |   497 |  504 |   498 |  507 |   504 |  504 |   501 |        67 |        68
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |           |
Maryland .............|  509 |   501 |  505 |   503 |  506 |   503 |  507 |   504 |  507 |   507 |  506 |   508 |        64 |        65
Massachusetts ........|  508 |   499 |  502 |   500 |  505 |   502 |  507 |   504 |  508 |   508 |  508 |   508 |        80 |        77
Michigan .............|  532 |   533 |  547 |   554 |  559 |   565 |  557 |   565 |  557 |   566 |  558 |   569 |        11 |        11
Minnesota ............|  546 |   549 |  569 |   576 |  580 |   591 |  582 |   593 |  582 |   592 |  585 |   598 |         9 |         9
Mississippi ..........|  557 |   539 |  559 |   546 |  572 |   557 |  569 |   557 |  567 |   551 |  562 |   549 |         4 |         4
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |           |
Missouri..............|  547 |   539 |  560 |   554 |  569 |   566 |  570 |   569 |  567 |   568 |  570 |   573 |         9 |         8
Montana ..............|  547 |   547 |  540 |   542 |  549 |   553 |  546 |   547 |  545 |   548 |  543 |   546 |        22 |        24
Nebraska .............|  562 |   561 |  557 |   559 |  568 |   570 |  567 |   568 |  562 |   564 |  565 |   571 |         9 |         8
Nevada ...............|  517 |   510 |  506 |   508 |  511 |   508 |  508 |   507 |  508 |   509 |  510 |   513 |        32 |        33
New Hampshire ........|  523 |   511 |  515 |   510 |  520 |   515 |  520 |   514 |  521 |   518 |  523 |   520 |        70 |        74
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |           |
New Jersey ...........|  500 |   495 |  494 |   500 |  496 |   503 |  498 |   505 |  497 |   508 |  497 |   508 |        69 |        79
New Mexico ...........|  553 |   543 |  550 |   546 |  559 |   549 |  554 |   548 |  554 |   545 |  554 |   551 |        12 |        12
New York .............|  497 |   495 |  492 |   497 |  495 |   498 |  497 |   499 |  495 |   502 |  495 |   503 |        74 |        76
North Carolina .......|  478 |   470 |  482 |   482 |  488 |   482 |  490 |   486 |  490 |   488 |  490 |   492 |        59 |        62
North Dakota .........|  572 |   569 |  570 |   573 |  587 |   602 |  596 |   599 |  588 |   595 |  590 |   599 |         5 |         5
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |           |
Ohio .................|  529 |   521 |  533 |   531 |  536 |   535 |  536 |   535 |  535 |   536 |  536 |   540 |        25 |        24
Oklahoma .............|  558 |   542 |  557 |   554 |  565 |   553 |  566 |   557 |  568 |   560 |  568 |   564 |         8 |         8
Oregon ...............|  517 |   507 |  513 |   515 |  525 |   522 |  523 |   521 |  525 |   524 |  528 |   528 |        50 |        53
Pennsylvania .........|  502 |   489 |  494 |   489 |  496 |   489 |  498 |   492 |  498 |   495 |  497 |   495 |        72 |        71
Rhode Island .........|  508 |   496 |  496 |   488 |  502 |   490 |  501 |   491 |  499 |   493 |  501 |   495 |        70 |        72
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |           |
South Carolina .......|  477 |   468 |  473 |   473 |  478 |   473 |  480 |   474 |  479 |   474 |  478 |   473 |        56 |        61
South Dakota .........|  585 |   573 |  558 |   563 |  579 |   576 |  574 |   566 |  574 |   570 |  584 |   581 |         4 |         5
Tennessee ............|  560 |   543 |  562 |   553 |  571 |   560 |  563 |   552 |  564 |   556 |  564 |   557 |        13 |        13
Texas ................|  494 |   490 |  489 |   500 |  495 |   501 |  495 |   500 |  494 |   501 |  494 |   501 |        49 |        51
Utah .................|  572 |   553 |  582 |   573 |  585 |   576 |  583 |   575 |  576 |   570 |  572 |   570 |         4 |         4
                      |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |      |       |           |
Vermont ..............|  514 |   499 |  504 |   498 |  506 |   499 |  506 |   500 |  508 |   502 |  508 |   504 |        69 |        71
Virginia .............|  507 |   498 |  501 |   495 |  504 |   494 |  507 |   496 |  506 |   497 |  507 |   499 |        69 |        66
Washington ...........|  525 |   517 |  511 |   512 |  519 |   517 |  519 |   519 |  523 |   523 |  524 |   526 |        46 |        53
West Virginia.........|  528 |   519 |  516 |   507 |  525 |   509 |  526 |   506 |  524 |   508 |  525 |   513 |        18 |        18
Wisconsin ............|  549 |   551 |  562 |   575 |  574 |   585 |  577 |   586 |  579 |   590 |  581 |   594 |         7 |         7
Wyoming ..............|  550 |   545 |  535 |   541 |  551 |   544 |  544 |   544 |  543 |   543 |  548 |   546 |        12 |        10
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\1\Formerly known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
\2\Based on number of high school graduates in 1997 as projected by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, and the number of students in the Class of 1997 who took the SAT I.
\3\Based on the projection of high school graduates in 1998 by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, and number of students in the Class of 1998 who took the SAT I: Reasoning Test. Updated projections in this column make it inappropriate to compare percentages for this year with those of previous years. 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: 1998 Profile of SAT Program Test Takers," Copyright @ 1998 by the College Entrance Examination Board. All rights reserved.) (This table was prepared July 1999).

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