The same high school class that set records on the MCAS tests two years ago has made history on another standardized test.
The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) scores of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High school class of 2013 show they outperformed all previous classes as well as many of their peers statewide, director of guidance Michael McCarthy told the high school committee Monday evening.
“These are the best scores in the history of the school,” Mr. McCarthy said.
Performance on the test is scored on a 2,400-point scale, with a maximum of 800 points earned in each of three areas: mathematics, critical reading and writing.
The mean score for the writing portion of the test was 529, compared with 509 statewide, 497 across New England and 488 nationwide. The average score was 536 for critical reading and 535 for mathematics, both of which also exceeded the state, New England and national averages.
“It was a very talented and competitive class,” he said. “They really cared a lot about their education and they got the fruits of their labor.”
Most college applicants take the test three times, including once in the spring of their junior year and twice again in their senior year, often submitting their best scores to colleges. When Mr. McCarthy calculated the class averages with the highest scores submitted by each student, it increased by up to 20 points on each of the three testing areas, he said.
Students’ scores on the nearly four-hour test are considered an important factor in determining admissions to four-year colleges.
In all, 154 students in the class of 2013 took the SAT test, representing 85 per cent of students — the highest percentage that has participated in regional high school history. Seventy-seven per cent of students in the class enrolled in a four-year college this year, compared with 68 per cent last year. That represents the highest-ever percentage of regional high school students to enroll in a four-year school, Mr. McCarthy said. Eighty-six per cent of students pursued post-secondary education, which includes four-year and two-year colleges, trade schools and other technical colleges.
None of the students scored a perfect 2,400, however several students scored 800 on at least one of the three test sections, Mr. McCarthy said. Twelve students scored in the 700 to 800 range in reading. Eight students achieved that range on the math section, and nine students on the writing section.