Nationally, Mexican American and other Latino students saw the most growth in test-taking, and their scores rose faster than the average. Mexican American students saw their average scores rise 3 points on the verbal test to 451 and 1 point on the math test to 458. Other Latino students gained 4 points on the verbal test, rising to 461, and 1 point on math, with a 465 average this year. American Indians saw even larger increases, with a 3 point gain in verbal scores to 483 and a 6-point math gain from last year to 488. African American students dropped 1 point to 430 in verbal and gained one point to 427 in math.
More African American, American Indian, Mexican American and other Latino students in California are taking the SAT I college admissions exam and are improving their scores, even though they still lag far behind white and Asian American students, according to data released Tuesday.
The increasing participation rates and rising scores follow a nationwide trend for the SAT I and are important because the exam is a major factor in admissions at many colleges and universities.
The higher scores are especially heartening because average scores usually go down as more students take the test, said Gaston Caperton, president of the College Board, which owns the SAT.