Average SAT Score Slips Again

College Board dismisses 'a couple points,' touts test-takers' diversity
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Aug 28, 2007 9:01 PM CDT
Experts have called the drop "misleading" citing the modest decrease as overall evidence of more students, including minorities, gaining access to the test for the first time.   (Shutterstock.com)
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(Newser) – The average SAT score for 2007 was the lowest in years, but that's not necessarily bad news. Scores from round two of the revamped college-entrance exam declined an average of seven points nationwide, which the College Board chalks up to greater participation, particularly among students who weren't on a traditional college-prep path, the AP reports.

Some 1.5 million kids took the test this year, up a bit over 2006, and almost a quarter of them weren't native English speakers. "The larger the population you get to take an examination, it obviously knocks down the scores," said the president of the nonprofit College Board.