Florida students scored slightly better on the SAT college aptitude test in 2012, but scores still trailed the national average.
The average score on the reading and math exams was 492, while the average writing score was 476. That’s up between three and five points from 2011.
Nationally the average reading score was 496, the average math score was 514 and the average writing score was 488.
The Florida Department of Education noted that scores for Florida’s black and Hispanic students increased faster than the national average.
“I am pleased that our students are improving their SAT performance.,” Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart said in a statement. “The data released today are proof that their hard work is preparing them for the next step in education and life.”
About 2,700 fewer Florida high school students took the SAT this year. But the percentage of students taking the test has risen over the past decade, with two of every three high school students taking the exam.
Officials with College Board, which makes the SAT, were concerned just 43 percent of students taking the test qualified as college ready. That means the students earned a combined score of 1550 (out of a possible 2400) on the three exams.