Michigan made the top 10 of 2012 SAT scores by state. They were ranked No. 7, behind Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Dakotas.
The participation rate in the state was 4 percent, with the average critical reading score clocking in at 586, math at 603, and writing at 574. That’s a combined score of 1763.
The national average stayed the same year over year -- at 1498. A perfect score on the SAT is 2400.
"This expectation ... that all kids can excel and that all kids deserve an opportunity is one we focus a lot of attention on," said one school district spokesman Mark Bounds. "We are so proud that so many of our children are taking a test that indicates they want to be college bound."
S.C. schools superintendent Mick Zais, where students did not perform as well as those in Michigan, had the same response to this year's results as he did last year, according to the state Department of Education:
"Like the other college admission test, ACT, the SAT is not a measure of school effectiveness,” he said. “We must transform education from a one-size-fits-all system to one that delivers a personalized and customized education to each student."
SATs were first administered in 1926, and serve as one of two college readiness tests that high school juniors and seniors take prior to applying to colleges. It serves as a measure of students’ readiness for college as well as a predictor of college success. It, or its counterpart, the ACT test, are often used in the college admissions process.
Of the 1.66 million test-takers this year, 19 percent said they planned to enter health-related career fields, followed by 11 percent going into business, 9 percent into engineering, 7 percent into biological sciences, 7 percent into the arts, and 5 percent into education fields.