The Times is reporting that for the 8th straight year, Washington state students had the highest SAT scores in the country among the states where more than half the eligible students took the tests. They ranked highest in all categories - critical reading, math and writing - than other states where at least 25% of students tested. (This is important because in general, the more students taking the test, the lower their scores.) I am happy to say that my son and his friends are in these SAT numbers for 2009.
As well, Washington State's participation rate of 54% beats the national rate of 47% AND is the highest among Western states.
The College Board says more than 37,000 Washington students took the SAT test last school year, including nearly 29,000 public school students.
Let's sit back and just feel good about this news. Always more work to be done for sure but this is nice to hear.