Wisconsin Students Score Above National Average

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state says Wisconsin students taking the SAT college admission and Advanced Placement tests did better than the national average.

About 4,000 students taking the S-A-T tests scored an average 82 points above students nationally. State students scored 588 on reading, compared to 503 nationally. On math, the state score is 600 compared to 518 nationally. Wisconsin students scored 577 on writing, compared to 497 nationally.

About 23,000 state students took the A-P exam this year -- nearly nine percent more than last year. The Advanced Placement tests score a high school students' college-level knowledge, allowing them to become eligible for credit at most colleges and universities.

Nearly 69% of state test takers passed the A-P exam, higher than the national rate of nearly 60 percent.