SAT Scores On The Rise
The average SAT score for high schoolers in Missouri is once again on the rise.
For the past five years local high school students have continuously outscored their peers, both in Missouri and throughout the nation.
According to the College Board, the average score for Columbia students has increased 32 points since 2003. In the same period nationally, student's scores have decreased by an average of five points.
Missouri students typically score 80 to 90 points higher than the national average. The exact reason for the increase is not known.
But state officials feel students are challenging themselves more in the classroom.
"Now we do know that participation in advanced placement courses also increased this year," Jim Morris of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said. "So maybe the effect is more students taking more rigorous courses in high school which is going to in all likelihood prepare them to do better on the sat so that maybe a factor."
Only 9 percent of Columbia high schoolers take the SAT. A majority take the ACT.
The average ACT score for Missouri students has not risen in about three years.