**change in SAT math scores:**

Between 1996 and 2005, the average [SAT] mathematics score increased for all racial/ethnic groups. During this time, the score for Asian/Pacific Islander students increased by 22 points, from 558 to 580. Mathematics scores for White, Puerto Rican, and American Indian/Alaska Native students increased between 12 and 16 points, while Black, Mexican American, and Other Hispanic/Latino students experienced smaller increases, between 3 and 9 points. (p. 77)

**no change in ACT math scores:**

Unlike SAT mathematics scores, ACT mathematics scores have not increased over time. (p. 81)

**geography**

The majority of students who take the ACT live in the Midwest, Rocky Mountains, Plains, and southern regions of the country (ACT 2005a). The SAT is more prevalent on the east and west coasts and in the Northeast (SAT 2005a).Should American parents have their kids take the ACT?

p. 76

Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities

National Center for Education Statistics

September 2007