Arkansas Test Scores On the Rise

AUGUST 29, 2006 - Posted at 2:21 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Scores by Arkansas students on an academic achievement test and their Advanced Placement tests rose during the past school year.  Arkansas Education Commissioner Ken James said today that scores on the Scholaptic Aptitude Test, or SAT, increased across the board last year in both critical reading and mathematics.

The 2006 critical reading average score was 574, compared with an average of 563 in 2005.  The average mathematics score in the state was 568, compared with 552 in 2005.  A new portion of the SAT on writing debuted with an average score of 577 for Arkansas students.

The national SAT average score for critical reading was 503, 518 for mathematics and 497 for writing.  James attributed the rise in SAT and AP scores to several reforms the state has taken on education over the past several years.

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