DARIEN, Conn. Darien students beat the national trend in SAT scores this year, improving over last year's already exceptional scores while the rest of the country saw a decline. Darien High School Principal Dan Haron attributes it to the strong academic ability of his students.
"Last year's senior class was a very strong class academically, and their high scholarly achievements are attributable to that," Haron said.
With 309 students taking the tests, the mean critical reading score was 589, the mean math score was 617 and the mean writing score was 604. Last year , the students scored an average of 573 in reading, 611 in math and 596 in writing. Their math scores last year were the highest in the state for the second year in a row.
Board of Education chair Kim Westcott said she was happy with the results but said standardized test scores were just one part of educational data. "SAT scores are just a snapshot. Of course, we're pleased, but what's really important is that the students are coming in and doing their best every day, that they're learning every day and that they're improving every day."
Haron said the number of students taking the SATs has stayed consistent. But the number taking the ACT tests has tripled in the last five years. Like SAT scores, he said ACT scores have consistently improved over the years.
"I think that a lot of students are recognizing ACTs as a valuable alternative to the SATs." Haron said.
Superintendent Stephen Falcone will be compiling a report on the SAT results to present to the Board of Education at its next meeting.
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