WILTON, Conn. – Wilton High School students who took the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in 2012 made school officials proud as they scored high on the college entrance exam.
The 301 Wilton High students tested this year registered mean scores of 596 on the reading portion of the test, 598 for the math section and 608 on the writing portion, according to figures released recently by The College Board, which administers the test.
The cumulative score of 1,800 was tops in mean scores for schools in Wilton’s District Reference Group, which includes Darien, New Canaan, Weston, Westport, Ridgefield and Region 9, comprising Redding and Easton. The reading and writing scores were the best of the reference group.
Wilton High’s test takers in 2011 put together similar results, including mean scores of 598 in critical reading, 597 in math and 610 in writing.
“We’re very proud of our students’ performance on the SAT,” said Wilton High School Principal Bob O’Donnell. “They performed very well and it’s a tribute to the students and their families and the teachers.”
O’Donnell said Wilton High teachers do not “teach to the test” and the high scores are a result of a strong district from kindergarten to the 12th grade.
“Certainly, the SAT is a strong consideration for colleges and universities," O'Donnell said. "It’s one of the first things (admissions officers) see. We think our teachers are aware of the importance of the test.”
O’Donnell said the results are “one indicator of success.”
“We just focus on quality work of our students in the classroom,” he said. “I just think they do well because of the quality of the school system.”