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Natick High School 2012 SAT scores exceed state averages

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  September 25, 2012 03:05 PM

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Natick High School students' average 2012 SAT scores surpassed state averages in all three tested categories, according to data released Monday.

The 2012 Natick scores in math and writing were also higher than the previous year's Natick average scores, but fell in reading.

The 284 Natick students who took the SATs this year achieved scores of 535 in critical reading, 563 in math, and 531 in writing.

The statewide average is 506 for reading, 523 for math, and 500 for writing.

Last year, the 289 Natick students who took the national test achieved average scores of 544 in reading, 549 in math, and 527 in writing.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said in a prepared statement that Massachusetts public high school students have made a 12-point gain in math over the past decade, and that overall student participation in the test has increased.

Statewide averages gained two points in math and one point in reading scores over last year. The statewide writing averages stayed the same.

About 84 percent of Massachusetts public school students in the class of 2012 took the SAT in high school, and Massachusetts students had the top score in math among the 17 states where at least 60 percent of students participated in the SAT, according to the department.

"I commend our students and teachers for continuing to outperform the nation on this important college entrance exam," said Governor Deval Patrick in the statement. "Working together, we will continue our efforts to give our students and teachers the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. All students deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential."

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