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August 26, 2003

Albany - For the second year in a row Georgia High School students rank 50th in the nation in SAT scores.

The average score for Georgia students increased by four points over last year, but the national average increased by six points.

Media Specialist Marsha McPherson says high schools in Dougherty County have computer programs and books designed to improve SAT scores. She believes the reason the state's average is low is because so many students take the test.

McPherson says, "Many educators feel that one of the reasons Georgia scores are among the lowest is because we do not discourage any students from taking the SAT."

According to Ball State University education experts, 69-percent of students in the lowest scoring states took the test. Only eight-percent of students in the highest scoring states took the SAT.

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