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Greenwich High's SAT Scores Increase

GREENWICH, Conn. – Greenwich High School students increased their scores on the most recent SATs, according to data released by the College Board. The Greenwich Board of Education plans to review the scores for discussion at their next public meeting.

The mean scores of the graduating class of 2011 on the widely used college entrance exam increased eight points in math, 10 points in critical reading and 11 points in writing over 2010. The writing score represents a six-year high, while the reading score and mathematics score were the second and third highest scores in the last 10 years.

The writing test was first administered to the graduating class of 2006. Many students take the SAT more than once during their high school careers, but only the most recent score is counted in the mean.

For math, the 2011 mean was 585 compared to 577 in 2010, 591 in 2009 and 578 in 2008. For reading, the 2011 mean was 566 compared to 556 in 2010, 569 in 2009 and 562 in 2008. For writing, the 2011 mean was 579 compared to 568 in 2010, 577 in 2009 and 572 in 2008.

Over the last three years, the percentage of graduating seniors taking SAT has fluctuated due to more Greenwich High students taking the ACT instead of the SAT, and students opting not to report their SAT scores to Greenwich High School. In 2011, 87 percent of seniors took the SAT; in 2010, 80 percent of students took the test; in 2009, 81 percent of students took the test; in 2008, 90 percent of seniors took the SAT. Twenty-seven percent of the graduating class of 2011 took the ACT, but most of those students also took the SAT.

In 2011, 181 Greenwich High students took SAT Subject Tests and 485 tests were taken overall. There were 515 Advanced Placement test takers and 975 total exams taken. Of those exams, the number of students who scored a 3, 4, or 5 on the test was 833.

The Board of Education will discuss SAT scores at its Sept. 22 meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at International School at Dundee.

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