The Norman Transcript

Opinion

October 2, 2013

Fewer testing, higher scores

NORMAN — Oklahoma high school students are more likely to take the ACT test than the SAT.

Nearly 30,000 seniors took the ACT and only 1,879 took the SAT this year. The number of test takers was down from 2012.

The scores, however, inched up slightly. Although it might not be statistically significant, any gain is positive, as scores nationwide have dipped.

The average score in critical reading was 571, 569 in math and 549 in writing. That compares to last year’s scores of 568, 566 and 546. On the ACT, Oklahoma students didn’t fare as well.

A published report indicates that nearly a third of Oklahoma students met none of the benchmarks on the national test. That means they were graduating unprepared for the challenges of college.

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