New Britain SAT scores up, but still lag statewide averages

Published on Thursday, 3 August 2017 21:37
Written by Skyler Frazer

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN - The results are in: New Britain students’ SAT scores still lag behind the statewide average, but the district is making progress.

The state Department of Education released SAT results for this past spring and the results show that Connecticut students averaged a score of 524 out of 800 in English language arts and 507 out of 800 in math. These results are both up slightly from last year.

This marks the second year that the college-readiness exam was offered free of charge to 11th-grade students in the state. Last year the SAT replaced the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, or SBAC, as the state’s official standardized test.

New Britain High School students averaged a score of 442 in English language arts, up 15 points from 427 last year. NBHS students averaged a score of 428 in math, up seven points from 421 last year.

Students enrolled in the NBHS Satellite Careers Academy - a specialized program targeted toward New Britain students not making adequate progress toward traditional graduation - lagged behind their peers, averaging 391 in English and 370 in math.

“We are excited to see that we are on the move and are heading in the right direction,” Superintendent Nancy Sarra told The Herald. “There is still much work to be done as we analyze our data and adjust our whole child curriculum to better engage and support every New Britain student.”

NBHS Principal Joseph Pinchera said the school’s focus is on getting better every year.

“While we are pleased to see gains in both ELA and math, we know that we have a tremendous amount of work ahead of us this school year,” Pinchera said. “Our teachers have worked hard by embedding SAT type questions into their assessments and daily instruction. “I am confident that we will work our way towards the state average over the next couple of years.”

Other area school districts also received SAT results.

In Newington, 98.3 percent of the students took the SATs this year. Only five did not take the exams.

In the ELA portion of the test, nearly two-thirds of students met or exceeded the achievement standard, one-half of a percent more than the state average. At a cumulative 518, Newington’s average 11th-grader scored six points lower than other students, however, revealing a wide achievement gap.

In math, 58 percent failed to meet the achievement standard. At a score of 508, the average Newington student came in a point higher than the state average.

In Berlin, 216 of 218 students took the test this year, vs. 230 of 236 who took the tests last year.

Students averaged 534 in the ELA portion, up two points from last year, and 523 in the math portion, down two points from last year.

Both scores were above the state average and over 77.8 percent of students met or exceeded the achievement standard in the ELA portion, up 2.9 percent from last year, and 47.9 percent did so in the math portion, down 1.2 percent from last year.

Reporters Erica Schmitt and Charles Paullin contributed to this report.

Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General News, New Britain, Newington on Thursday, 3 August 2017 21:37. Updated: Thursday, 3 August 2017 21:39.