Test-takers lost one point on critical reading and one point on writing in 2009; the average math score stayed the same.
Differences among ethnic groups remained large. Whites scored an average of 1,570 in 2009, compared to 1,263 by blacks.
There were more than 57,140 students taking the test in 2009, 705 more than a year earlier.
Here's how the scores looked for the larger Triangle area districts:
- Chapel Hill-Carrboro 1751
- Wake County 1583
- Orange CountY 1533
- Johnston 1497
- Durham 1426
- Cumberland 1398
The SAT is the most widely used college entrance exam and tries to measure basic college-readiness skills.