SAT Scores: Coginchaug Students Score Better Than Rest of State

SAT college entrance exam scores for 2012 were released by the College Board Monday and, on average, students at the high school perform better than their 11th and 12th grade counterparts statewide.


SAT scores at Coginchaug Regional High School dipped in 2012, but remain higher, on average, than the rest of Connecticut and the nation.

At the high school, the average math score on the test was 514 compared to the statewide average of 512. In 2011, Coginchaug students averaged 544 on the math exam.

The average 2012 math score at the high school was the lowest in more than a decade.

Writing scores at the high school averaged 530 and 510 for the state in 2012, while students at Coginchaug scored 523 compared to 510 on the reading exam.

Coginchaug students taking the test last year averaged 544 on the writing exam and 546 on the reading exam.

83 percent of students at the high school took the SAT exam last spring and Connecticut has one of the highest participation rates in the country.

Nationally, the test scores averaged 514 for math, 496 for reading and 488 for writing.

JWilt September 25, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Every time my husband and I meet with our financial advisor he tells us that although we've lost money that quarter, he has customers that have lost much more money. I guess it's supposed to make us feel better. The same thing goes for SAT scores. Coginchaug SAT scores have dipped but there are always schools that have done worse. I guess it's supposed to make us feel better.
Your Neighbor September 25, 2012 at 01:20 PM
So, basically you are saying that RSD 13 high school students scored above the STATE average in (using your figures) math: 514 to 512 (state) writing: 530 to 510 (state) reading: 523 to 510 (state) Yet, the RSD 13 SAT scores are LOWER than last year's RSD 13 scores (2011): math: 514 to 544 (2011 SAT score) writing: 530 to 544 (2011 SAT score) reading: 523 to 546 (2011 SAT score) Plus you wrote: "The average 2012 math score at the high school was the lowest in more than a decade." These numbers are not impresssive.
Michael Hayes (Editor) September 25, 2012 at 02:29 PM
For what it's worth, I scored a 960 on my SATs and graduated college with a 3.5 GPA. Test scores are important, but not the end all, be all. Just one editor's opinion.
Big K September 25, 2012 at 02:52 PM
A lot of students are taught to how take TESTS, but when it comes to practical "on the job" knowledge, they don't do so well, or fail.
Just Saying September 25, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Are we to conclude, 1. that students are not as intelligent as in previous years? 2. that educators are not as skilled as in previous years? 3. that more spending does not improve the educator’s skills? 4. that more spending does not improve students grades? 5. that it is acceptable to have a poorer performance if you are better than students in other schools? I must be missing the point!
Christine September 25, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Or maybe it's just normal year-to-year variation. Over the past five years, the average scores have ranged from: Reading: 520 (2008) to 546 (2011) Math: 515 (2012) to 544 (2011) Writing: 526 (2008) to 544 (2011) It is certainly notable that the 2011 scores were high, but I'm not sure that we can draw a "the sky is falling" conclusion from the fact that 2012 scores fell somewhat. Maybe the class of 2011 is just particularly bright? I don't know enough about how SAT scores are calculated to know how much of a swing is significant when you are looking at an average of approximately 150 scores.
Knickerbocker September 26, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Michael, I’m not telling you on what to report on here but I think you missed the bigger story. The fact is that in the last BOE article in the town times it was reported, with high accolades and pats on the back, of how less terrible the District 13 SAT scores were compared to other towns in the Connecticut. But then down further in the article it was reported with a small murmur of how the CAPT and CMT were, for District 13, in the bottom half of the DRG. These are the test results that weigh most heavily with the state in judging school’s performance. Yet, after looking at the Student per capita for our DRG we are 8th out of 31 towns in highest cost per student. Something is seriously out of whack here and needs to be addressed! That was in the 2010-2011 school year. This indicates to me as a taxpayer that the School administration and BOE are no doing their job effectively and not being good stewards of the public funds. We are focusing/spending too much on the unnecessary activities instead of the focusing the funds on Core education.
Michael Hayes (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Knickerbocker The report is forthcoming. In fact, I sat down with Dr. Linda Berry on Monday to go over the test scores and what's being done. I certainly appreciate the feedback but please understand I handle most of the heavy lifting here and some things take time, which with the fair looming, I haven't had much of.
Michael Hayes (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Oh, for further clarification... I was planning to include the SAT scores as part of that report, but the opportunity came today via the state scores to post something much shorter and less time consuming to write. That's why the SAT scores were reported and the CAPT and CMT scores were not, at least not yet. Stay tuned!
Knickerbocker September 26, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Thanks Michael for the quick response - Yes it is a busy week - sorry if I put more pressure on you. I just wanted the make sure that all citizens saw the whole picture and realize that throwing tons of money at this problem - as has been done in the past - is not the solution. That the solution lies elsewhere.


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