Education: Testing, Testing

SAT scores on the rise

There was mild optimism two years ago, when scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test crept up a notch. Now the optimism has risen to a higher pitch: SAT averages for last June's crop of high school seniors made their largest combined gain since 1963. That was the year the scores began a decline lasting nearly two decades. Out of a possible 800, math results climbed by 3 points, to 471; verbal averages were up by 1, to 426. Says George Hanford, president of the College Entrance Examination Board, which sponsors the test: "We seem to have turned...

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