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Report: More Latinos are taking the SATs

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Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 4:56 pm

File this state press release under something that likely didn't get in the newspaper:

SACRAMENTO — SAT results released last week by The College Board show that for the first time, Latino students in California public schools represented a larger percentage of SAT test-takers than any other ethnic group.

Reflecting the state’s growing diversity, nearly 70 percent of California’s public school test-takers in the Class of 2012 were minority students, and of those, 36 percent — or 69,832 students — were Latino. This compares to 29 percent — or 56,590 test-takers—who were white; 22 percent — or 42,121 test-takers — who were Asian; and 7 percent — or 13,101 test-takers — who were African American.

Nearly half of public school SAT takers in California reported that English was not exclusively their first language and that their parents’ highest level of education was a high school diploma or less.

Some 194,425 California public school students — or 50 percent — of seniors in this year’s class took the test at some point during their high school careers, which is a 2 percentage-point gain from last year and an 8 percentage-point gain over 10 years, The College Board data showed.

Nationally, 1,664,479 members of the class of 2012 (of which 1,284,459 attended public schools) took the SAT, considered a precursor to college admission. Statewide, a total of 231,964 students attending either public or private California high schools took the test.

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