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West Hartford Posts Competitive SAT Scores for 2008

Posted by whforums on August 31, 2008

The courant has a blog post about the release of 2008 SAT scores, and West Hartford posted SAT scores well above state average. You can access all state scores via a PDF from the State Department of Education here.

The cynics will point out that West Hartford did not score as well as some DRG mates (12th out of 16, though essentially tied for 11th). A look at scores by our DRG:

Avon: 1729
Greenwich: 1711
Madison: 1705
Simsbury: 1703
Glastonbury: 1696
Farmington: 1690
Fairfield: 1666
Guilford: 1623
Newtown: 1619
Granby: 1617
South Windsor: 1604
West Hartford: 1599
New Fairfield: 1570
Brookfield: 1568
Monroe: 1567
Trumbull: 1560
State Average: 1516


I would point out that West Hartford outscored every school in its immediate economic subgroup (as measured by free/reduced lunch). A quick look at that group reveals:

West Hartford: 1599
Wethersfield: 1521
Plainville: 1520
State Average: 1516
Newington: 1495

In other words, I reach the same conclusion I reached in this post. The best districts will generally be the moneyed districts (and the districts with the lowest instances of poverty), but when you measure West Hartford against districts with similar poverty rates, our test scores reflect a high quality curriculum that provides a significantly above average college prep education. What’s interesting about these test scores is that the SAT itself is optional, whereas the CAPT is required — I’ll run some numbers at some point this week to investigate how West Hartford stacks up against other districts in terms of encouraging its students to take college entrance examinations.

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