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.