College Board released the 2015 SAT scores for North Carolina, and they show a decreasing score, according to an article by The News & Observer.
The combined math, reading and writing score from 2015 is 1,478, down five points from last year, and 16 from 2005. State Schools Superintendent June Atkinson said that the dropping test scores are a reflection of the lack of resources that schools have.
Participation in the test is down as well. In 2004, 70 percent of students took the SAT, whereas only 49 percent of students took it in 2015.
Some schools in the Triangle saw increased test scores, while others saw decreased. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system saw scores rise 23 points, and Johnston County schools rose three. Orange Country dropped 10, and both Wake County and Durham schools dropped eight.
College Board is currently revamping the SAT to make the math portion of the test more difficult, according to The Charlotte Observer.
The new test will be released in March, and it is designed to reflect the Common Core Standards that most states have adopted. Math will focus on problem solving, data analysis and algebra. There will also be more graphics and charts in tests than word problems.