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2014 SAT Results Released, Delaware Students Below Average

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MILFORD, Del. - The College Board released the 2014 report for the SATs to show where high schoolers missed the mark, and for the most part students might not be college-ready.

In Delaware, 27.7% of students who took the SATs hit the college ready benchmark score of 1550 out of 2400. That's compared to 39.1% nationwide. However, it is important to note that 100% of Delaware students are required to take the SATs which could skew the results.

Anita Pettitt owns SAT tutoring company "Z! Club" in Sussex County. When she saw the report she said she wasn't shocked.

"The results are not surprising because the test the scores have been stagnant for quite a while," she said. "We're very happy, the people that are tutoring SAT, are very happy that they're changing the test that it now will correlate with what they learn in school."

Next year, the SATs will change to reflect more accurately what students are learning in school.

According to Milford High School Assistant Principal Kelly Green, aiming higher is still a priority, even with the change.

"I think it's something that regardless of the number of students we're testing," she explained. "It's something that we need to work on, it's definitely an important focus for us to have because we want all of our students to be college and career ready."

So what does Pettitt think needs to be done?

"I think it means that our students need much more focus on the common core standards that we are tied to learning what they're going to use in the real world which is data analysis, being able to read critically," she said. "Things like that and those are all the things the new test is going to test."

Virginia and Maryland had a higher percentage of college-ready scores, but still under 50%.

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