No Improvement in the Huge Black-White Scoring Gap on the SAT College Entrance Examination

This past week The College Board released its 2009 report on high school seniors’ scores on the SAT college entrance examination. For whites, the results showed an average score of 1064 on the combined reading and mathematics sections of the test. For blacks, the average score was 855, or 17 percent lower, on the SAT scoring scale of 400 to 1600.

The racial gap on the combined reading and mathematics portion of the SAT is the same as it was a year ago. But the 209-point scoring gap remains at the highest level that has prevailed over the past two decades.