More students in Connecticut took the SATs in 2013 when compared to last year and, apart from a slight uptick in writing, test-takers posted similar average scores when compared to 2012.
The College Board released the latest standardized test results for the SAT, PSAT and AP scores, saying that the increased number of students taking these college-bound tests signify an upward trend. The organization also said there is an increasing diversity among the test-takers.
"Higher participation rates on college entrance exams mean that more Connecticut public high school graduates are aiming for college, which is one of our state's key goals," said Stefan Pryor, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Education. "It is especially encouraging that participation rates among students of color continue to rise in Connecticut."
There were slight improvements made statewide in critical reading, which increased by one point to 499, as well as writing which ticked up two points to 504. Mathematics, however, dropped one point to 503.
Students at Coginchaug High School, representing the Region 13 towns of Durham and Middlefield, scored well above the state averages with 532 in reading, 527 in math and 533 in writing.
Also, a majority of AP tests in both towns ended with scores between a 3 and a 5.
Coginchaug High School
SAT 2013 (scores range between 200-800) Test Takers: 128 Critical Reading Mean: 532 Math Mean: 527 Writing Mean: 533
SAT Subject Tests 2013 Test Takers: 13 Total Tests Taken: 31
AP 2013 Test Takers: 44 Total Exams Taken: 68 Numbers of Exams With Scores 3, 4 or 5: 62
PSAT/NMSQT (scores range between 20-80) Test Takers: 62 Critical Reading Mean: 50.4 Math Mean: 46.6 Writing Skills Mean: 48.5
PSAT/NMSQT Juniors 2012 (scores range between 20-80) Test Takers: 86 Critical Reading Mean: 50.2 Math Mean: 48.6 Writing Skills Mean: 48.6