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Friday, August 29, 2003

Staples High School SAT Scores Improve

Last years Staples High School seniors scored a combined average of 1155 on the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT), a slight improvement over the previous year but the same as two years ago, the school district said today.

Joyce Losen, assistant to the superintendent, said the Staples Class of 2003 scored 584 in math and 571 in verbal. This was 16 points better than the previous year which saw an average of 576 in math and 563 verbal for a combined score of 1139, but the same combined score as in 2001.

The scores were well above the state averages of 514 in math and 512 verbal, she said.

The highest possible combined SAT score is 1600.

The Connecticut combined verbal and math scores rose eight points to 1026—the same as the national average, according to figures released this week by the College Board, which gives the exam formerly known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test.

In Connecticut, the average verbal score increased three points in 2003, to 512, the highest level in 14 years. The average math score was 514, up five points from last year and the highest since class data was first collected 31 years ago.

For comparison purposes, Staples studentsҒ average scores in 2001 were 588 in math and 567 in verbal for a combined score of 1155; in 2000, 590 in math and 569 in verbal for a combined score of 1159, and in 1999, 561 in math and 552 in verbal for a combined score of 1113.

Losen told WestportNow that while Schools Supt. Elliott Landon was pleased with this years scores, he understands that yearly fluctuations in scores within a school are not uncommon and may reflect differences among particular classes or other factors unrelated to the school program.

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Posted 08/29/03 at 06:12 PM  Permalink



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