Meanwhile, average SAT scores dropped slightly in Florida and nationwide, falling between 1 and 6 percentage points in the three subject areas compared to last year.
The Miami-Dade school district attributed its students’ gains to an emphasis on Advanced Placement classes and magnet programs in county schools, as well as to teachers and guidance counselors helping students prepare for the college entrance exam.
The district said Miami-Dade also encourages students to apply for a fee waiver from the College Board if they are unable to pay for the test, in order to make sure as many students as possible can take the SAT.
The College Board charges students between $45 and $57 to register for the SAT, depending on whether they do the essay component.
Although scores are on the rise in Miami-Dade, average scores were still below the rest of the country, especially in math, an area in which Miami-Dade students scored 39 points below the national average.