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Last week, The College Board released the latest batch of SAT scores for high school students – and they’re down nationwide. They’re even worse in Texas. 

In Austin, College Board Announces Major SAT Changes

Mar 5, 2014
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The SAT, a standardized test that for many students is an intimidating hurdle to clear en route to college admissions, is about to undergo a major redesign. Among the changes being announced by The College Board in Austin on Wednesday: The test will revert to a 1600-point scale, and the essay portion will be optional and scored separately.

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A new report raises questions about whether tests like the SAT and ACT are a good indicator of how well students will do in college. The study, which was published by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, looked at student data from 33 colleges and universities around the country that have optional admissions policies.

You can see an interview with the study’s author below and read more about it here.

Fewer than 20 percent of all Dallas seniors in 2013 met the critical reading benchmark, according to the SAT scores just out. That means more than 80 percent missed it.