- Associated Press - Saturday, August 27, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Newly released test results show 67 percent of New Hampshire 11th graders meet college and career ready standards in English language arts but just 41 percent meet the benchmark in math.

The numbers are based on preliminary SAT scores released by the state Department of Education. This is the first year New Hampshire used the SAT as the state-mandated standardized test for high school juniors. Previously the state used the Smarter Balanced Assessment, a test associated with the Common Core education standards.

More than 90 percent of 11th graders took the test this spring, a 20 percent increase from past SAT participation. The SAT is widely used for college applications.

Results show female students performed better in English language arts and male students in math.

Meeting the college and career readiness benchmark means a student has a 75 percent chance of getting a C grade or higher in a first semester course in the subject.

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan says the new use of the SAT cuts down on testing for students and helps increase access to college. Hassan signed a bill last July allowing high schools to use the SAT or ACT for high school assessments and the Department of Education has shifted to the SAT.

New Hampshire partnered with the College Board, the organization that runs the SAT, and several other states including Maine to help redesign the SAT.

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