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Education: SAT scores released without school-level data

Average scores on the SAT fell in the nation and in South Carolina, but how local schools fared won’t be known until additional data is released.

The College Board, which owns the widely-used college entrance exam, is recalculating some of the data for the 2009-10 school year, according to the state Department of Education. Although the state requested the data, it was not sent along with overall results, an agency spokesman said.

The average composite score on the three-part test was 1,436 for South Carolina’s graduating seniors. That was down 7 points. The national average was down 6 points to 1,500.

Scores for Waccamaw High students are traditionally higher than the state and national average.

The average state score on the critical reading portion of the SAT was 482. It was 490 for math and 464 for writing. A perfect score is 800.

State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais pointed out that the SAT isn’t a measure of “school effectiveness,” but added “within the student population taking the SAT is another data point confirming a troubling trend: there is a wide reading gap between South Carolina and the nation.”

The national average for critical reading was 497.

“Addressing the reading gap in elementary school must be our top priority,” Zais said.

Georgetown County schools have pushed reading in elementary and upper grades, and saw improvement in scores on state standardized tests this year.

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