Following a statewide trend, most public high schools in Raleigh and northern Wake County saw an uptick in students’ SAT scores in 2014 compared with last year.
Among the public high schools in the area, the combined average SAT scores ranged from 1360 at Southeast Raleigh to 1929 at Raleigh Charter.
Wake County public school students overall had an average score of 1577, up from 1572 last year, according to data released Tuesday by the College Board.
Among traditional public schools, Enloe High School topped the local list with an average score of 1724. The school also posted the biggest gains, with the average score rising 33 points from 1691.
The SAT has three sections: math, critical reading and writing. Each is scored on a scale of 200 to 800, for a maximum score of 2400. Wake public school students this year scored an average of 542 on the math, 528 on the critical reading and 507 on the writing.
Among public schools, the average North Carolina state score of 1468 breaks down into 493 for critical reading, 504 for math and 471 for writing in 2014.
The national average for public school students is 1471.
Scores were up at Athens Drive, Heritage, Leesville, Millbrook, Sanderson, Southeast Raleigh, Franklin Academy and Raleigh Charter.
Scores were down at Broughton, Wake Early College of Health and Sciences, Wake Forest and Wakefield.
Most schools in Raleigh and northern Wake also saw drops in the percentage of students who took the exam. Participation has been dropping across the state since North Carolina began giving the rival ACT exam free to high school juniors.
The College Board has set its career and college readiness benchmark at 1550, which the group says indicates a 65 percent likelihood a student will achieve a B- average or higher during the first year of college.
The College Board expects to unveil a redesigned SAT in the spring of 2016 that is “focused on the skills and knowledge evidence shows matter most for college and career success.”