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      College entrance test scores down 2 points

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) --The average SAT scores for South Carolina's graduating seniors are down -- falling this year two points on top of last year's nine point drop.

      Related Stories ACT scores improve for SC graduating seniors Mixed results returned for PASS scores 4-day school weeks gain popularity across US The College Board said Monday the average for public school students in South Carolina was 1,443 compared with a national average score of 1,497.

      When private and home-school student scores were added the average score rose to 1,447. That is five points lower than last year. The 1,447 average score for all South Carolina students compares with a national score of 1,509 for 2010.

      The College Board says 5 percent more South Carolina public school students took the test this year than last year.

      The scoring gap between white and black students dropped by 11 points in South Carolina this year compared with 2009.

      (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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