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North Carolina 2018 High School Graduates Make Gains On SAT


November 29, 2018

North Carolina’s high school class of 2018 saw performance gains over the previous year’s graduates on the SAT college admissions exam while also opening a wider margin with the nation overall, according to results released by The College Board, which administers the national exams.

The state’s average SAT score for 2018 high school graduates from all North Carolina public schools increased 16 points overall from 2017, to 1,090, compared to the national average of 1,049, an increase of 5 points from the previous year.

The scores reflect graduates who took a new version of the SAT, introduced in 2016, at least once during high school. Among all North Carolina graduates who took the SAT, including those in private and home schools, the state's average score reached 1,098, an increase of 17 points from the previous year's average score of 1,081.

On each of the two sections of the exam, North Carolina’s 2018 public school graduates gained 8 points from the previous year’s results, with the average score on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing portion increasing from 542 to 550 and on the Math portion climbing from 532 to 540.

In all, 52 percent of North Carolina students from the class of 2018 who took the SAT met the exam’s college readiness benchmarks, showing they are likely to take and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses. Nationally, 47 percent of 2018 graduates met the benchmarks. Students must meet the benchmarks on both the reading-and-writing and math portions of the exam.


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