The latest word on SAT scores is relatively encouraging.
The College Board says overall, average scores for the class of 2004 remained about the same from the previous graduating seniors. Students averaged a point higher in the verbal test with a 508 and math scores fell a point to 518.
The College Board is taking solace in the fact that more minorities than ever took the test 37 percent of the record 1.4 million test-takers. Hispanics showed improvement in their scores.
When the scores are broken down by sex, males were the same as a year ago, scoring 512 on the verbal section and 537 on math. Scores for females rose one point on verbal to 504 and fell two points on math to 501.