Bloomfield SAT Scores on the Rise

BLOOMFIELD SAT SCORES ON THE RISE - DOUBLE-DIGIT INCREASES
Posted on 07/25/2018
http://www.courant.com/education/hc-sat-scores-released-20180725-story.html

Bloomfield High School juniors achieved double-digit increases in the recently released standardized test – known as the Redesigned SAT - used for college admission and career readiness.

The average score for this year’s BHS junior class increased 26 points compared to last year’s juniors - from 923 to 949.

• Reading/Writing improved 16 points from 473 to 488, exceeding the state benchmark of 480.
• Math improved 11 points from 450 to 461, making significant progress toward the state benchmark of 530.

The SAT is given each year to high school juniors across the country. They are assessed in Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing; and Math. The Bloomfield district was one of 19 districts in Connecticut to see double-digit increases in SAT scores from 2016-17 to 2017-18.

Bloomfield district and school leaders are encouraged by the increase in student performance and that the academic achievement gap is closing.

Ross Hanson, the district’s Instructional Math Coach for grades 7-12 called the SAT results “very significant” and attributed the gains to “a systemic focus on curriculum, instruction and assessment.”

For example, at Bloomfield High School, all curriculums are being revised by staff and aligned to the state standards and the new SAT. Administrators and teachers hold conferences with students to provide feedback on strengths and next steps.

In an effort further decrease the achievement gap among Reading/Writing and Math, this year BHS’s Summer School Academy is focusing on math. Teachers provide instruction targeting critical thinking, close-reading for math, problem-solving and data analysis. Students are challenged to be independent thinkers.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Thompson praised the high school leadership team, teachers and students for their hard work. He said the gains made in this year’s SAT indicate the high school is showing impressive progress with its plan to improve student performance.
Dr. Thompson noted that students took a preliminary SAT last fall – known as the PSAT - and also showed double-digit increases (48 points) after the official SAT was taken in the spring.

“These scores validate that we’re moving in the right direction,” Dr. Thompson said. “Our goal is to establish a consistent upward trajectory in student performance across the district, as we prepare our students for college and meaningful careers. There is much more work ahead and we look forward to re-doubling our efforts in the new school year.’’

Bloomfield High School last year was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top high schools in Connecticut; in 2011 BHS was identified by the State Department of Education as one of the lowest-performing high schools in Connecticut.

The four-year cohort graduation rate at BHS was 90% in 2018, a 16-percentage point increase from 2011, when Thompson was hired. More than $2 million in scholarships were awarded to BHS graduating seniors over the past three years.

In addition to the SAT increases at Bloomfield High, Global Experience Magnet School – also operated by the district - showed an increase of 33 points on the SAT total score, from 933 to 966 for its high school juniors. There was a 25-point increase in Language Arts, from 485 to 510, while the average Math score rose 8 points, from 448 to 456.

Bloomfield Public Schools in recent years has been recognized by both the Governor and Education Commissioner for progress in closing the state’s achievement gap.
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