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SAT Scores: Ledyard Students Beat Rest of State in Reading and Math, Fall Below in Writing

The average reading and math scores were better than the rest of the state although average writing scores dropped from 2011's and fell below state average.

 

Ledyard High School students' average SAT scores dipped in 2012 in all three subjects. Average scores in writing, however, dropped 10 points and fell below the state’s average score.

Writing scores at the high school averaged 502 (compared with 512 in 2011) and fell below the state's average score of 510 this year.

Students at Ledyard scored 517 compared to the state's 506 on the reading exam, Ledyard students taking the test last year averaged 521 on the reading exam.

The average math score on the test was 512 compared to the statewide average of 512. In 2011, Ledyard students averaged 521 on the math exam.

Nationally, the test scores averaged 488 for writing, 496 for reading and 514 for math.

The 2012 scores may have dipped but they have remained in the same range over the past five years, according to David Doyle, Director of School Counseling and Guidance at the high school. The scores are within a 12-point range from 2008 through 2012.

Doyle said that students who take the PSAT score an average of 198 points higher on the SAT than their peers who did not take the PSAT and that the high school is working to improve the percentage of students who take the PSAT.

"The practice better prepares our students for success on the SAT as well as increases 'college readiness'," he said of the test.

Doreen Wesche-Soldato October 03, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I wonder how the high school is assessing improvement in writing from 9th-12th grade. At the college level writing across the curriculum is something we try to push for, as well as a unified grading rubric so we can accurately assess how (and if) the students are improving during their time with us. It is never too early to start using a rubric and to encourage writing assignments across all the disciplines from day 1. That way, by the time they get to college they are better prepared to organize their writing, respond to their audience and start that higher level thinking. Just my 2 cents :) Kudos though on the awesome scores in reading & math!!
Mimi Peck-Llewellyn October 03, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Doreen - You can be sure that even the young students in Ledyard know about and have a scoring rubric. Thanks to the wonderful leadership in the areas of curriculum development and utilization of best practices of the Superintendent, Dr. Mike Graner, and Assistant Superintendent Cathy Patterson down the chain to the principals and classroom teachers, Ledyard students are learning writing skills through instruction across all areas of the curriculum from day 1. At BOE meetings we continually review performance based measures that are in place and cohort performance from elementary school up. I welcome you to tune in to a meeting (live streamed) on the 1st or 3rd Wednesday of the month or attend to hear about what is going in the business of education in our schools. I am so proud to be a parrt of this school system.
Doreen Wesche-Soldato October 03, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Mimi-this is great to know! Thank you for responding :) I am a proud LHS grad myself ('99) so I am very happy that the school system is continuously assessing and improving the curriculum...especially since my little one (who just entered the school system as a kindergartener) will someday be a Ledyard grad like his Mom. I purposely came back to this town because I felt I received a top-notch education and I wanted the same for him. Thank you for the invitation- I would certainly love to tune in to BOE at some point or even come sit in!! :)
Jessie King October 03, 2012 at 05:00 PM
From Mimi Peck-Llewellyn: Doreen - You can be sure that even the young students in Ledyard know about and have a scoring rubric. Thanks to the wonderful leadership in the areas of curriculum development and utilization of best practices of the Superintendent, Dr. Mike Graner, and Assistant Superintendent Cathy Patterson down the chain to the principals and classroom teachers, Ledyard students are learning writing skills through instruction across all areas of the curriculum from day 1. At BOE meetings we continually review performance based measures that are in place and cohort performance from elementary school up. I welcome you to tune in to a meeting (live streamed) on the 1st or 3rd Wednesday of the month or attend to hear about what is going in the business of education in our schools. I am so proud to be a parrt of this school system.

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