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Greenwich Students Raise Their SAT and AP Scores

GREENWICH, Conn. – Greenwich High School students have improved their performance on the college entrance and advanced placement tests and rank in the top third of all state high schools, the district has announced.

Participation on the Scholastic Aptitude Test and Advanced Placement test increased as well. In 2011, 86 percent of seniors took the SATs, compared to 80 percent the year before.

Greenwich students ranked seventh in combined SAT scores for reading, math and writing among the 26 districts Greenwich is listed with. Their average was 1730, up from 1701 and a No. 10 ranking the year before. SAT scores for 2011 all reflect an increase over 2010 scores, with writing at a six-year high at 579. The scores were released Thursday evening.

“The scores show an improvement and everyone feels that progress is being made,” said Lulow. “One year or two years doesn’t make a trend, but it looks to everyone here that we’re heading in the right direction.”

The district said participation in AP courses and tests was the highest in at least 10 years. In 2011, 1,493 students were enrolled in AP courses and 1,344 exams were administered. Nearly 86 percent of students, or 1,152, earned a score of 3 or higher. In 2010, 1286 exams were administered and 83.5 percent, or 1074 students, earned a score of 3 or higher.

"It’s good for me to see that investment in getting students to take AP classes is continuing to pay off," said Dr. Roger Lulow, interim superintendent. "I think it will continue to be an emphasis, student engagement in that kind of rigorous instruction.”

Greenwich students ranked seventh in the Advanced Placement Challenge Index, which is calculated by dividing the number of AP exams administered by the number of graduating seniors. This was up from ninth the year before.

“It’s not that we’re in competition with other schools, but we judge ourselves by how well others are doing in the state, and we’re pleased that not only have we made progress against our own past achievements but we’re looking better and better each year in relation to other school districts,” said Lulow.

The 25 other districts Greenwich was compared to include Darien, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton (Group A); and Avon, Brookfield, Cheshire, Fairfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Guilford, Madison, Monroe, New Fairfield, Newtown, Regional District #15, Regional District #5, Simsbury, South Windsor, Trumbull, and West Hartford (Group B).

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