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A.V.'S SAT SCORES SLIP; MATH, VERBAL AVERAGES DOWN SLIGHTLY.

Byline: Karen Maeshiro Staff Writer

LANCASTER - SAT scores of students in Antelope Valley Union High School District schools dropped for 1998-99 in both the math and the verbal sections of the college aptitude exam.

Antelope Valley Union High School District students taking the test averaged 479 on the math and verbal portions of the Scholastic Assessment Test, in which 800 points per section is the maximum. In the 1997-98 school year, they averaged 482 on the verbal and 491 on the math.

``It was a group of kids who probably were not totally prepared,'' Superintendent Robert Girolamo said.

Nationally, seniors averaged 505 on the verbal, the same as the previous year, and 511 on the math exams, a one-point decline from the year before.

Statewide, after four straight years of gains, students averaged 497 on the verbal, which is identical to the previous year's score, while the average math score dropped from 516 to 514.

Quartz Hill High School posted the highest average scores in the district. The 157 students who took the test averaged 497 on the verbal and 511 on the math. In 1997-98, the verbal score was 498 and the math score was 513.

At Antelope Valley High School, where 49 students took the test, the verbal average jumped to 500, compared to 477 in 1997-98. In math, students averaged 479, a decline from 483 the previous year.

At Highland High School, 189 students took the test and posted averages of 470 on the verbal and 478 on the math, compared to 487 in verbal and 497 in math in 1997-98.

At Lancaster High School, 209 students took the test. They scored an average of 489 for verbal and 482 for math, compared to the previous year's averages of 535 for verbal and 525 for math. The previous year, when the campus had no senior class, four students took the test.

At Littlerock High School, 111 students took the test. Students there averaged 457 on the verbal section, down from 464. In math, students averaged 442, down from 457.

At Palmdale High School, the 134 students who took the test averaged 468 on both the verbal and math portions. Last year, the verbal average was 467, and the math score was 481.

State Schools Superintendent Delaine Eastin said more students than ever before are taking the SATs, and the leveling off of scores is not unexpected when there is a larger pool of students.

This year, 151,636 California students took the SAT, which is 49 percent of the estimated high school graduates, up 2 percent from 1998.

Eastin also noted there are more low-income and minority students, and substantially more students who are not native English speakers, in the state than nationally.

Nine percent of California's test-takers had parents who did not receive high school diplomas, compared to 4 percent of test-takers nationally.

Fifty-seven percent of California's test-takers are minority students, up from 36 percent in 1985. Nationally, 33 percent of test-takers were minority students in 1999.

Nationwide, 8 percent of test-takers indicated they spoke another language before they learned English; in California, 19 percent spoke another language first.

Among those students who are native English speakers, Californians outscored the national average in math - California's average is 521 compared to 514 nationally - and in verbal, where California's average is 518 compared to 516 nationally.
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