RI SAT Participation Improves, Scores Slide Slightly

SAT participation among Rhode Island high schoolers has improved, but scores haven't really changed, according to results released today from the College Board.

5,718 public high school seniors took the SAT last year, which is a 5% increase over the 2009.  It's still only about 57% of the seniors in RI.  On average, reading scores dropped one point to 485, dropped four points in reading to 478 and improved by one point in math to 488.

Over the last ten years, Rhode Island's SAT scores are down 12 points in reading and 8 in math.

There was also an increase in participation in AP (Advanced Placement) exams – 2,726 students took AP exams, up 4.2% from last year.

Robert Flanders, the Chairman for the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education, says Rhode Island is “trending in the right direction” on participation but still needs work to improve overall scores.