Number of Hispanic, African American Students Taking SAT in Texas Skyrockets
According to a new report released by the College Board, more Texas Hispanic and African-American public school students are taking the SAT in preparation for enrolling in college.
"The longevity of our state's economic success will be built on an educated workforce that can compete in the global marketplace," Gov. Perry said. "I'm proud to see that the number of Texas students aiming for a brighter future is skyrocketing, and I remain committed to improving quality, efficiency and access to higher education."
Over the past five years, the state has experienced a 65 percent increase in the number of Hispanic test takers and a 42 percent increase in African-American test takers. In 2012's graduating class, 58 percent of public school seniors took the SAT, which is a 5.7 percent increase in participation from the Class of 2011.
In 2010, Gov. Perry launched in Generation Adelante/Generación Forward, an initiative encouraging Texas high school graduates to pursue higher education by providing them with information about college applications, financial aid and college visits.
Last year, Gov. Perry challenged institutions of higher education to create a bachelor's degree program that costs no more than $10,000, including books. Texas A&M University-San Antonio, the University of North Texas-Dallas, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, and Texas A&M University-Commerce have all answered that call.
For more information about the report by College Board, please visit: http://www.collegeboard.org/.