Watertown's SAT Scores Dropped from Last Year

The scores of Watertown students on the standardized test took a dip in all areas in 2012. Advanced Placement exam results also out.

SAT scores for Watertown High School students took a dip in 2012, and lagged behind the state but the downward trend has been seen nationally.

In all three subject areas, critical reading, math and writing, the mean score for Watertown students took a dip from 2011, according to the results released by the College Board this week.

In 2012, the 137 students had a mean score of 487 in reading, 513 in math and 484 in writing, out of a maximum of 800 on each test. The combined mean scores is 1,484. Last year, the mean scores were 492 in reading, 534 in math and 491 in writing, for a combined 1,517.

The statewide average this year was 506 for reading, 523 for math, and 500 for writing.

Nationally, reading scores fell to their lowest level in four decades. College-bound seniors scored an average of 496 points in reading, a 34-point drop since 1972, reported the College Board, which administers the SAT test.

The College Board also released the Advanced Placement (AP) test results. In Watertown, 96 students took 173 tests and they scored 3, 4 or 5 (considered passing and above) on 132 of the tests. In 2011, 91 students took 189 tests and 157 scored 3 or better.


Does the drop in scores concern you or is this just a blip for the town schools? Let us know in the comment section below.

Gregy September 29, 2012 at 06:23 AM
Why would this concern anyone? So this year's students aren't quite as bright as last year's. Big deal. My bigger concern is why this was deemed newsworthy. Also, why the author thinks that the following sentence is acceptable grammar for a publication: "SAT scores for Watertown High School students took a dip in 2012, which lagged behind the state but the downward trend has been seen nationally."
Mr. Mr. September 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM
why are we so focused on teaching kids to be good test takers? who cares about test scores? why are we focused on preparing kids to sit for hours and come up with one right answer to dozens of questions? ask business folks, they want people who are creative, critical thinkers. they want people who realize that there are more than just ONE right answer to every problem? better data to report on would be, for example, how are Watertown students doing in college? how many Watertown graduates require remedial courses in college? how many graduate at all? how many graduate in four years? the data is out there. we need to shift our focus here folks..
K Coyne September 30, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I agree with MR. MR though our kids also have to score decently in order to get into college too..this is why they have any importance really. That said, the study of top Boston Schools inside of 495 took into account many things(scores being the top) but also graduation rates/going to college. Watertown ranked in the middle here too overall (and only for schools within 495 belt not MA). I don't believe we should base how are kids are being educated solely on test scores but they do show a trend line. I believe the data Mr Mr talks about would really add to the overall picture of how good/bad our education is here in Watertown..especially the data with regard to graduates: ready for college?..graduate in 4 years? Get jobs? I believe that we need to prepare our children in Elementary/Middle schools so that in high school they are already critical thinkers or at least learning to be better critical thinkers.
Patient October 02, 2012 at 04:11 AM
How about focusing on the problems at the high school, to encourage kids to even have an academically-minded thought pattern instead of pandering for time in the hall, more study halls, fist fights, swearing and general b.s. The high school's a mess! That's the story here. Not the test scores. Why does no one do stories on all the c-r-a-p that does down at WHS?


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »