Average statewide composite SAT scores in 2011 declined in the eight Southern Regional Education Board states in which more than 50 percent of students take the college-admission test, results released on September 14 by the College Board show. But the region hit an all-time high of 51 percent in the proportion of graduating seniors who took the test, indicating that more students in SREB states are taking steps toward college.
Nationwide, nearly 1.65 million seniors in the 2011 graduating class took the SAT during high school — the biggest and most diverse class of test participants in history. More than one-third were in SREB states, where 580,000 students took the test. Georgia had the highest participation rate in the region at 80 percent, up 10 percent since 2006.
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