Updated, 8:30 p.m.: Headline changed.
NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Public Schools is one of the few districts in the state that had a gain in its SAT scores this year, according to NPS Communications Director Brenda Wilcox Williams.
The state on Monday released SAT scores, multiple news outlets say. “While the state went down slightly, our students posted small gains,” Wilcox Williams wrote, providing this chart:
ELA 489 493 +4
Math 478 480 +2
“The results are modest but significant, because it’s the first time Norwalk SAT results have gone up since the inception of the universal SAT requirement in the Next Gen Accountability Plan,” she wrote.
State officials in 2015 decided to have every high school junior take the SATs instead of the controversial Smarter Balanced Assessment, CTMirror.org reports.
The average math score statewide this year was 501 points, according to the Mirror. The average English score was 515.
“Students are considered college- and career-ready if they score at least 530 out of 800 points on the math portion of the exam,” the Mirror reports. “…The threshold for students to be college or career ready for English is 480 points.”
A previous Mirror story lists 2015-16 and 2016-17 results. Adding those to the results provided by Wilcox Williams, you get these scores for Norwalk:
Average math score
- 2015-16: 482
- 2016-17: 485
- 2017-18: 478
- 2018-19: 480
Average English score
- 2015-16: 499
- 2016-17: 502
- 2017-18: 489
- 2018-19: 493
“The results released today also mean that NPS has met the 2018-19 Priority Outcome under the Strategic Operating Plan to increase the average Norwalk SAT scores of 11th graders,” Wilcox Williams wrote.
“While there is modest progress, there’s also more work to be done,” she said. “As you know, we have made a lot of recent improvements and enhancements to our high school program of studies. In 2020, our first cohort of 11th grade students on track to graduate with 25 credits and a capstone will take the SAT.”
NPS in 2018-19 expanded its high school program, increasing the requirement for graduation to 25 credits, including requirement for a capstone project to count as the 26th credit. This was done to address the contradiction of an above average graduation rate but below average SAT scores.