SAT Score Drop

UNDATED (AP) -- Average SAT scores are down.

That's according to the College Board's score report released today. It says average math and reading scores fell four points for the high school class of 2007 to their lowest mark since 1999.

This year's declines follow a seven-point drop last year for the first class to take a lengthened and redesigned SAT. It includes higher-level math questions, and eliminated analogies.

As the exam's owner, the Board insists the new test isn't harder. Authorities have attributed last year's drop to fewer students taking the exam a second time.

It didn't offer an explanation why this year's scores were even lower, but it did note that a record number of students took the test. The test-takers also were the most diverse ever.


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