Fla. SATs Little Changed, Below National Average

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's 2008 average SAT scores were only slightly better than last year in math and writing but down in reading. That's according to results released Tuesday.

That meant the state continued to rank in the bottom third nationally on all three sections of the college entrance test.

These are the first SAT results released by the College Board since Eric J. Smith resigned as a senior vice president of the board to became Florida's education commissioner.

Smith says he's pleased more Florida students took the exam this year because that indicates a greater number are pursuing a college education.

Nationally, it was the second year in a row that scores remained at the lowest level in nearly a decade.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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