The SAT results for every North Carolina public high school and school district from this past school year were posted recently by the state Department of Public Instruction.
The results show that North Carolina’s public high school students scored an average 1,074 on the SAT college-entrance exam – 30 points above the national average for public school students during the 2016-17 school year. Previously released results that included scores for private school students had put the state’s average SAT score at 1,081.
The new scores reflect changes the College Board made to the exam in March 2016 that lowered the maximum score to 1,600, eliminated obscure vocabulary words, dropped the penalty for guessing and made the essay optional. College Board officials say the changes are significant enough that people shouldn’t compare scores between the new and old exams.
The results show that schools with fewer low-income students tend to have higher average SAT scores than schools with more economically disadvantaged students.