Education: The Seniors' Slump May Be Over

After a 19-year decline, SAT scores go up, slightly

For the first time since 1963, there was good news last week about how the nation's high school seniors did on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. The scores, which can be crucial in students' applications to colleges, were up a total of three points over last year. Out of a perfect 800 score, the nationwide average on the verbal section was 426 (in contrast to 424 last year); on the math section it was 467 (in contrast to 466). The three-hour test, which is taken by about...

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