Barrington High School students posted the state’s highest average math and reading scores on the 2012 SATs, according to information released earlier this week.
Of the 261 local students to take the test, Barrington High School averaged a critical reading score of 573 along with a critical math score of 588. In reading, the closest scores to Barrington came from Block Island, where five students averaged a 570, and East Greenwich, where 165 students averaged a 556.
In math, Barrington was trailed by South Kingstown High School, where 198 test takers averaged a score of 554, and Block Island at 544.
In writing, Barrington’s 559 average was the second best in Rhode Island, trailing a 563 average by East Greenwich students.
Compared with 2011 numbers, Barrington’s 2012 scores in reading show an improvement of 19 points. The reading score is also the high school’s highest figure in the last five years.
In math, Barrington High School improved by 12 points over 2011, though the 2012 mark of 588 is lower than 2010 (589), 2009 (594) and 2008 (591).
In writing, Barrington’s 559 2012 average was 12 points higher than 2011 though lower than 563 in 2010 and 569 in 2009. In 2009, Barrington’s average for writing in 2008 was also 559.
On the SAT subject tests, Barrington High School had more than twice the participants of almost all other Rhode Island schools. Barrington’s 94 test takers was trailed by 47 students at Classical High School. Barrington also had the highest number of tests taken, 258, trailed by Classical at 123.
Information was also released on the number of AP exams given in Rhode Island. While Barrington had the second highest number of test takers (279) and total exams taken (561) behind Classical (333 and 615, respectively), Barrington had the highest number of exams with score of 3, 4 or 5. While Barrington posted 479 tests in this range, Classical was second with 374.
The data was issued by the College Board as part of a press release from the Rhode Island Department of Education. The release states that participation among Rhode Island students on the SAT and AP exams is increasing, but SAT scores have declined this year, mirroring a national trend.
Statewide, reads the release, participation rates on the SAT increased by one percentage point, to 65 percent, among last year’s senior class, continuing a 10-year trend of rising participation rates among Rhode Island public-school students, according to a College Board report.
“Although we had hoped to see an improvement in SAT scores across Rhode Island, we are encouraged that our SAT participation rate continues to improve,” said David V. Abbott, Acting Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education.
“Participation rates in the SAT and AP exams are strong indications that many of our students are taking challenging courses that will prepare them for post secondary education. We will continue working to ensure that all of our graduates are ready for success in college and in challenging careers.”
Among the New England states, Rhode Island ranks 5th in participation (ahead of Vermont) and in scores (ahead of Maine, which has 100-percent participation).