Higher Math Scores in College Entrance Exams

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois officials are applauding higher participation rates by Hispanic and black students on this year's S-A-T college entrance exam.

The number of test-takers identifying themselves as Mexican-American, Puerto Rican or Hispanic increased by six-point-eight percent in 2006. The number of black students increased by three percent.

Overall, the state got mixed results this year. Students averaged 609 out of a possible 800 on the math portion. That's three points higher than last year.

But results released today by the College Board show they also averaged 591 on the critical reading, formerly known as verbal section. That's three points lower than in 2005.