Texas SAT-Takers Still Lag Behind National Average

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    Students scored lower on reading and writing, but slightly higher in math this year.

    Texas students scored lower on the reading and writing portions of the SAT this year, but scores jumped slightly in math.

    The College Board, the nonprofit membership group that owns the exam, reported Tuesday that the average math score for the Texas class of 2009 was 506, up one point from last year.

    In reading, Texas students dropped two points to 486. The biggest decline, however, was in writing, where the average score dropped five points to 475.

    A perfect score on each section is 800.

    Texas scores remained well below the national average on each section.

    A little over half of last year's graduating seniors took the SAT college entrance exam.