You can take a glass is half full or half empty look at the new SAT results for Wake.
The school district's average SAT score rose two points to 1,059 (based on the math and reading portions). Only a handful of much smaller districts in the state had a higher score, such as 1,179 in Chapel Hill-Carrboro.
But the percentage of Wake high school seniors who took the exam this past school year dropped to 74 percent. It was at 80 percent the previous year.
Not only was the percentage lower, but the raw number of seniors who took the exam was actually less.
While not always a given, the average score tends to rise when fewer students take the exam.
Over the years, Wake has touted how its SAT participation rate has increased. They've argued that it shows more students are getting ready to to go to college. In the years where the average score dropped, officials would focus on the growth in the participation rate.
Of the district's schools, Enloe High was once again on top with an average score of 1,174. Next is Green Hope High at 1,134 and Apex High at 1,116.
Jumping out of the district, Raleigh Charter High had an average score of 1,264, the third highest score in the state.
If you throw in the relatively new writing portion, Wake's average score went up three points to 1,565.
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Corrected link for results. Click here for the online story. Corrected to say that Raleigh Charter had the third highest score, not the second highest.