CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte-Mecklenburg School’s average Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) scores are on the decline.
The test is designed to measure students’ knowledge and skills in mathematics, critical reading, and writing. The maximum score is 2400, 800 on each of the three sections.
The average total score in CMS for 2012 was 1463, down 19 points in 2011. That decline was larger than the nation, which dropped 1498 from 1500 a year ago.
It was also larger than the state’s decline to 1469 from 1475 in 2011.
Scores on the three parts of the test also declined or stayed flat, according to school officials.
Despite the numbers, CMS officials remain hopeful.
“We pay close attention to these results because they are one indicator of our students’ readiness for college-level work,” said Ann Clark, deputy superintendent of CMS. “We think that the rigor in the new Common Core standards will help us to get these scores moving upward.”