Many more Texas students took the SAT college entrance exam this year, including a large increase in minorities, but Texas scores decreased and the state's students continue to lag behind other states, according to data released Tuesday morning by the Texas Education Agency.
According to the TEA release:
About 13 percent more Hispanics and 10 percent more African-American students took the SAT in 2008, and 42 percent of the Texas test-takers said they would be the first in their families to attend college.
In Texas, 49 percent of the test takers were minority students compared to 35 percent nationally.
Nationwide averages remained the same, while in Texas math and reading each dropped two points and critical reading dropped four, according to the TEA news release.
The data also showed that students who took rigorous schedules — four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies and three years of science — fared significantly better, with scores about 40 points better in each section of the test.