SAT reading scores for graduating high school seniors this year reached the lowest point in nearly four decades, reflecting a steady decline in performance in that subject on the college admissions test, the College Board reported Wednesday...
...Nationally, the reading score for the Class of 2011, including public- and private-school students, was 497, down three points from the previous year and 33 points from 1972, the earliest year for which comparisons are possible.
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I graduated in 1972, so I'm always fascinated by these stories over the years, with the benchmark set that year. Disclosure: I scored 180 points over the reported benchmark. I was a reading fiend.