Connecticut’s SAT data for the class of 2013 were released Thursday by the College Board and revealed that Groton student performance was well below the state averages.
The 222 students who took the SATs had an average score of 489 in critical reading, 484 in math and 483 in writing. The state's average scores were 499 in critical reading, 503 in math and 504 in writing.
According to the College Board (developers of the SAT), a benchmark score of 1550 is associated with a 65 percent probability of obtaining a first-year GPA of at least a B-.
On the bright side, the College Board did report that overall participation rates for public school students continue on an upward trend while also reflecting an increasing diversity among test-takers. On the whole, students posted similar average scores from last year, with slight upticks in reading and writing.
Statewide, the number of public school students taking the SAT in 2013increased by 0.8 percent from 2012. At 83 percent, Connecticut’s participation rate for public school students taking this college entrance exam ranks fourth highest in the nation.
“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. It is especially encouraging that participation rates among students of color continue to rise in Connecticut,” said State Department of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor. “We need to ensure that more and more students—young people from every part of our state, of every income level, of every background—recognize the increasingly important role of college to their futures.”