Scores of the North Carolina students on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) exam declined slightly from last year, according to a press release from the Department of Public Instruction. North Carolina students posted an average score of 1001 on the national test, down three points from last year. The average score nationally in 2011 was 1011, a decline of four points from the previous year.
The SAT test, administered by the College Board measures college aptitude in the areas of critical reading, math and writing. Scores referenced here include results from critical reading and math only . In 2011, 67 percent of seniors in North Carolina took the test.
In the first half of the past decade, North Carolina students made good progress in closing a 31 point gap between the state and national averages. However since 2006, national and state SAT scores have remained essentially flat and the gap between North Carolina and the national average has varied between 13 to 10 points below the national average.