The average SAT score students in North Carolina slipped in 2007, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
While the scores dropped, participation increased in North Carolina. 71 percent of seniors took the SAT, putting North Carolina 11th in the nation for participation.
"The number and percentage of North Carolina high school seniors who take the SAT show us that students are planning for education beyond high school," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "While we would like to see scores increase every year, this development is a positive indicator for North Carolina's future."
North Carolina's math score on the SAT dropped four points from 2006 (from 513 last year to 509 in 2007). The critical reading score stayed the same, 495. The average writing score was 485, a three-point drop from 2006 when the writing test was first included in the SAT.
To see the county-by-county breakdown of scores, click here.
To read the College Board's report on SAT scores in North Carolina, click here.