FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- The number of students taking the SAT is increasing in Connecticut, and those students come from a more diverse background, the College Board said in releasin Connecticut's SAT data recently.
The data showed "overall participation rates for public school students continued on an upward trend while also reflecting an increasing diversity among test-takers," according to a press release from the board. "On the whole, students posted similar average scores from last year, with slight upticks in reading and writing," according to the release.
"We're pleased that more Connecticut public school students took the SAT this year than last year," said State Department of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor in the press release. "Higher participation rates on college entrance exams mean that more Connecticut public high school graduates are aiming for college, which is one of our state's key goals. It is especially encouraging that participation rates among students of color continue to rise in Connecticut."
Pryor added that the state needed "to ensure that more and more students ... recognize the increasingly important role of college to their futures," according to the release.
"And we need to help our students prepare so they are not only successful in the college application process but are also successful in college itself," Pryor said in the release. "We must enable our students not only to compete for admission but also to complete with confidence, advancing into their careers with the skills that the information age and the knowledge economy require."
Statewide, the number of public school students taking the SAT in 2013 increased by 0.8 percent from 2012, according to the release. At 83 percent, Connecticut’s participation rate for public school students taking this college entrance exam ranked as the fourth highest in the country, according to the release.