The Tolland High School class of 2012 has performed better than the Connecticut state average in all three categories of SAT testing, but the students did not test as well as the previous class, according to a report given to the school board on Wednesday night.
Director of School Counseling Corinne Lorenzet said that, although scores since last year, the class of 2012 still scored well in comparison to previous years, since the class of 2011 had unexpectedly huge score gains.
"You can see that we are in the general area of where we've been in the past four years prior to 2011," she said when presenting the scores to the board.
The report also notes that the state and national averages dropped in all testing areas compared to last year.
Tolland's 2012 average SAT scores are:Critical Reading Mean Math Mean Writing Mean Tolland High School 526 549 533 State Average 506 512 510 National Average 496 514 488
The report also included information on the class of 2012's post-graduation plans and more.
The board learned that 65 percent of the 226 graduated seniors planned to attend a four-year school, with 23 percent heading to two-year schools, vocational programs and post-graduate programs.
The remaining 12 percent said they were heading to the job market after high school.
The breakdown is generally in-line with previous classes, the report said, with a four percent increase in students interested in 2-year post-graduate programs.
Lorenzet also credits the economic downturn with post-graduate decisons for students.
"Parents and students are looking at where their financial obligations are, and that's driving their decisions," she said.
In the area of Advanced Placement testing, THS had an 87 percent pass rate out of the 99 examinations taken by 91 students.
The school offers AP courses in biology, calculus, English language, English literature, European History, French Language and Culture and Studio Art.
A number of students also participated in the Early College Experience, run in conjunction with the University of Connecticut:
- Physics: 4 students earned 4 credits, 13 students earned 8 credits
- Chemistry: 10 students earned 4 credits, 13 students earned 8 credits
The full report is available in the school board agenda.
The board will be meeting with the town council on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., as well as another 7 p.m. session on Oct. 17 at THS to discuss the budget season. Its next regular meeting is scheduled for Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
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