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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

DOE Press Office
(850) 245-0413

Statement By: Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson Regarding Florida's 2011 SAT Results

"Today's release of Florida's SAT results brings with it very positive news regarding the participation of our students on this important college entrance exam. According to the College Board's report, nearly 12,000 additional public school students took the exam last year in Florida, highlighting the excellent work going on to introduce more students to the college-going process.

"As Florida continues to raise its standards toward college and career readiness, some temporary decreases in overall performance may occur as increased numbers of students acclimate to higher expectations and increased rigor. This is the case with Florida's average SAT scores which declined significantly this year in all three tested subject areas. Although performance decreases are never welcome, our transition to higher standards is critical if we are to graduate all our students with the skills and knowledge they need to find success at the next level.

"Although not part of the SAT report, preliminary Advanced Placement results show increases in both the participation and performance of our students on these exams. This positive trend has been growing in intensity over the years and is a direct result of our emphasis on encouraging more students to tap into their academic potential. I am confident that a similar positive trend will take place with our SAT results as our commitment to the increased college and career readiness of our students continues to take root throughout our schools."