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RALEIGH, NC (AP)– North Carolina’s average combined score on the SAT college-entrance exam fell again in 2012.

The state Department of Public Instruction said Monday that average scores on each of the three sections fell by two points compared to 2011. Critical reading scores dropped to 491, math scores fell to 506 and writing dropped to 472.

Nationally, average scores on the critical reading fell one point to 496 and scores in the writing sections fell one point to 488. Math scores remained steady at 514. The maximum score on each section is 800.

The number of students taking Advanced Placement exams increased 7.8 percent and the number of scores high enough to get college credit increased 7.2 percent.

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  • RSimmons

    Underfunded schools and underpaid teachers. Better save that money not spent on schools, you are gonna need bigger jails.

  • taxpayer

    until more parents start to take a more active role in the child’s education, we’ll continue to get the same poor results. It seems as if every time our local Board of Education gets a financial windfall, they hire more administrators.

  • B M

    The Dems, and Bev, have done a wonderful job for the last 140 years, the goold old boys , and girls clubs is fixin to end, maybe then, NC can start catching up!

  • RSimmons

    I have to agree that parenting or rather lack of is the bigger problem.


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