High school graduation rates may be at an all-time high, but declining scores on national exams continue to worry educators and parents. Yesterday North Carolina released 2015 SAT scores. The combined math and critical reading score of 1002 represents a drop of 4 points from the previous year and a drop of 8 points from a decade ago. 2015 math scores are 7 points lower than in 2005, while North Carolina critical reading scores have declined only 1 point since 20015.
There was some good news however. For the second year in a row mean North Carolina Critical Reading scores (498) bested the national average (495). Mean North Carolina math scores (504) trail mean national math scores (511) by seven points.
This year 59 percent of students took the SAT. What’s interesting is that’s down from 64 percent in 2014. Usually when participation drops, scores rise. That’s not the case here.
For more detail on NC scores see satresults15