Politics & Government

State records top SAT scores

For the eighth consecutive year, Washington state students had the highest average SAT scores in the nation among states where more than half the eligible students took the tests.

The College Board says more than 37,000 Washington students took the SAT test last school year, including nearly 29,000 public school students.

Washington students scored higher in critical reading, math and writing than all other states in which at least 25 percent of students tested. The percentage of students tested is significant because generally the more students who test, the lower their scores.

Washington’s SAT participation rate of 54 percent is the highest among Western states and beats the national average of 47 percent.