Virginia public school students are scoring above the national average on the SAT college admissions test.
Test results released today by the Virginia Department of Education show public school students in the class of 2012 scoring 17 points higher than the national average in reading, 11 points higher in writing and 5 points higher in math.
The average math score of 510 is up 3 points from last year. The reading score is lower by one point, and the average writing score is unchanged.
Nationally, achievement dropped slightly in all three areas. Sixty-eight percent of the state's 2012 public high school graduates took the SAT.