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Sarasota County students’ 2013 SAT scores top national, state results
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Sarasota County students’ 2013 SAT scores top national, state results

SARASOTA COUNTY — Students in Sarasota County’s public high schools outperformed their peers in the U.S. and in other Florida districts, on average, in the 2013 Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT). Local averages were higher than national and state averages in all three sections of the SAT: mathematics, critical reading and writing skills.

Nationwide results for the class of 2013 were announced this week by the College Board, the not-for-profit organization that administers the voluntary tests, which are the most widely taken standardized college admissions test in the U.S. Historically, the data have included students who took the SAT at any point in high school through June of their senior year.           

According to the College Board, the number of SAT takers nationwide was more than 1.6 million in 2013. The Florida Department of Education reports that 112,554 students across the state took the SAT this year. In Sarasota County public high schools, 1,036 seniors took the SATs, similar to last year’s total of 1,087.   Other details of the SAT results include the following:

Other details of the SAT results include the following:

  • Sarasota County average scores are 30 and 33 points higher than state averages in critical reading and mathematics, respectively, and 24 points higher in writing
  • Compared to the nation, average scores for the district are 26 points higher than the national average in reading, nine points higher in math and 11 points higher in writing
  • The average SAT scores remained the same in reading at the national, state and local level.  Sarasota’s average SAT scores increased in mathematics compared to the state which declined two points. Both Sarasota County and the state decreased slightly in Writing from 2012 to 2013
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