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SAT Scores in Milford Below State and National Averages

Milford High School students, on average, scored below state and national averages on the SAT college entrance exam.

The mean SAT scores of Milford High School seniors, at 1,458 this year, fall below the state and national averages, as well as the point considered well-prepared for college.

This year, 200 students at Milford High took the SAT exam. Their mean scores were 483 in critical reading, 499 in math, and 476 in writing, for a total average of 1,458. [See attached public schools pdf]

The SAT exam is divided into three sections: reading, writing and math. The maximum score in each is 800 points, or a combined average of 2400.

The Massachusetts average this year was 506 for critical reading, 523 for math, and 500 for writing. [See attached state report]

Nationally, reading scores fell to their lowest level in four decades. College-bound seniors scored an average of 496 points in reading, a 34-point drop since 1972, reported the College Board, which administers the SAT test.

Nationally, the average writing scores were 488, the lowest level since 2006, and the national math score was 514.

The College Board, in a press release, said students needed to achieve a combined score of 1,550 to demonstrate they were well-prepared for college, indicating a 65 percent likelihood they would earn a B- average or higher during their freshman year of college.

According to the College Board, only 43 percent of 2012 high school seniors who took the test showed they were fully prepared for college.

Among SAT takers in the 2012 class, 45 percent were of minority race or ethnicity, the most diverse class of SAT takers in history. Almost one-third reported that English was not exclusively their first language. And more than a third reported their parents' highest level of education was a high school diploma or less, according to the College Board.

MilfordMomof3 September 28, 2012 at 12:29 AM
My children are definitely being taught the test as far as MCAS. We have been in 3 schools in this town and all 3 have taught the kids that they must do superb on the MCAS testing. They spend more time working on MCAS than the basics.
Danielle Lizotte September 28, 2012 at 12:51 PM
I notice from the article that dropping SAT scores is a national trend. People often have a knee jerk reaction to blame teachers, unions and lazy/uneducated parents when student achievement drops. These are not new issues in public education. I sat behind the teacher's desk and I can tell you that when I started in the 90's I met many seasoned teachers that were very unhappy with how teaching had changed. Kids were becoming too oriented to various TV/video game/computer screens with their attention spans becoming shorter. Parents were busier and had a sense of entitlement that disciplining and motivating their children was more the job of the school than the home. I think we have to look at the big picture too. The real wages of Americans have steadily dropped over the last four decades, the cost of everything has increased exponentially, yet we are expected to have more material things. This can only add stress to families. We have polititcians and business leaders that screw up royally who are never held accountable so don't go looking for leadership from the top for working hard and taking responsibility for one's actions. The Milford school system does a lot with what it is mandated to do, educate one of the more culturally and economically diverse communities in the area, so if we are trending on the lower end of average that makes sense to me. Economic privilege has a lot to do with academic success, unfortunately.
Anonymous September 28, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Yeah, that field should help improve those scores. @@
Anonymous September 28, 2012 at 01:17 PM
But we have an awesome football field! :( Guess books and better teachers rank lower
worldveggie September 29, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Problems with student achievement are, like many complex problems, cyclic in nature. Administrators, teachers and parents must work together to develop a plan to support educational improvement, must stay the course and not give in to blaming each other. Parents should get to know their students teachers, counselors and support staff and work in collaboration with them. Educators should inform and educate parents about the progress of their students. What I hear quite a bit of is parents speaking disrespectfully of the district, the schools and of individual educators in front of children. The message is very clear-teachers do not deserve respect because my parents (the biggest influence in my life although we don't always feel that way!) don't think they do. And that shows in the classroom. Educators sometimes don't put in the effort to include parents in the educational issues of their students. Maybe it is because certain parents have been unresponsive to calls or emails in the past or because they are hard to reach because of work hours or other responsibilities. We must work harder to be creative in partnering with each other for the sake of the people that we both spend so much time thinking about-these kids. There are no easy answers to how to better help our students succeed and the burden falls on all of us. Showing respect for each other and working collaboratively is a positive step in the right direction. Start by attending your child's open house!

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