SAT average writing score: Weston tied for tops in the state

It was a very good year for many Weston students who took the SAT Reasoning Tests. Average scores, announced this week by the College Board, are up in Weston from last year. The district also averaged highest in the state in writing.

Out of a possible “perfect” score of 800 on each of the three sections of the college entrance exam, Weston students averaged 589 in critical reading, 597 in math, and 608 in writing.

Compared with 2011 averages, this year’s test takers averaged 14 points higher in reading, two points higher in math, and 14 points higher in writing.

Weston was across the board on average scores compared with other students in DRG-A (District Reference Group A, which includes Darien, New Canaan, Region 9 [Redding and Easton], Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton). Weston ranked third in reading (tied with Westport), fifth in math, and first in writing (tied with Wilton).

With an average score of 608 in writing, Weston and Wilton not only had the highest score in the DRG, they were also two of only three  Connecticut public schools with a writing average in the 600s.

The three-part SAT is administered by the College Board and is used by colleges across the country in their admissions process.

This year, 156 Weston students, 10 fewer than in 2011, took the SATs.

Weston’s averages were significantly higher than both state and national averages. Statewide averages were 506 for reading, 512 for math, and 510 for writing.

Nationwide, the average reading score was 496, 514 for math, and 481 for writing.

College Board officials said those results showed that only 43% of SAT takers in the Class of 2012 are academically ready for college.

College Board President Gaston Caperton said the report should serve as a call to action. “Our nation’s future depends on the strength of our education system. When less than half of kids who want to go to college are prepared to do so, that system is failing,” he said in a prepared statement.

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