(NEW YORK) — High school students are neither moving forwards nor backwards when it comes to Scholastic Aptitude Test scores.
The latest report released Tuesday by the College Board found that SAT scores are largely stagnant across the U.S. with the mean score in critical reading 497, 513 in math and 487 in writing.
However, what concerns College Board senior vice president Jack Buckley is that only 43 percent of the test-takers achieved the benchmark of being “college ready.”
Breaking it down by ethnicity, the new results show that 61 percent of Asian students and 53 percent of whites met the benchmark, compared to a third of Native Americans, a quarter of Hispanics and about one in six African-Americans.
According to Buckley, “The SAT is holding up a mirror to the inequities we see across American education. If we look at state testing or the national assessment of educational progress, we see achievement gaps at all grade levels.”
However, some help might be on the way as major revisions in the SATs are planned for 2016 to get a better handle on what teens should be learning in high school and what they’ll need to be successful in college.
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