The state Education Department today reported increases in Arkansas scores on the SAT college entrance test and on Advanced Placement tests, as well as on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
The SAT test is less used in Arkansas since most state colleges rely on the ACT test.
About a third of the 25,000 students who took at least one AP test scored a three or higher, the standard judged equivalent to passing a college-level course in the selected subject. Arkansas encourages AP participation by paying for the tests. The rate of passing performance increased in all groups except Caucasian students, whose pass rate dropped 2.2 percent.