Local SAT scores beat state, national averages


College-bound seniors at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools continue to outperform their California peers in the SAT Reasoning Exam. The results of the 2008-09 exam were released earlier this month.

Seniors at both high schools posted above-average marks, with Los Altos students scoring 587 in critical reading, 620 in math and 598 in writing for a total of 1805. Mountain View students scored 583, 619 and 589 in the same subjects, respectively, for a total of 1791. A total of 2400 is possible.

Statewide, students averaged a score of 1511, and nationwide they averaged 1509.

"We are proud of our students' achievement," said Brigitte Sarraf, associate superintendent, in a press release. "Over the years we have seen growth in performance on virtually all academic indicators."

— Kelsey Mesher


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Posted by VIcki Witherspoon
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 6, 2009 at 2:08 pm

The notion of Score Choice seems more gimmick and adds to the anxiety that students and families go through in he college application process. The SAT unfortunately continues to be a significant determiner of acceptance at schools that fall outside of the top 25. It's great to see our students' scores increasing. However, we shouldn't put everything on SAT scores as an indicator of the quality of our schools. SAT II and AP test scores are equally as important. I really wished Obama would do more to take care of education since now both the Olympics and Health Care have become losing issues. Education is the silver bullet that we never want to really deal with. I recently went to seminar held by C2 Education in Mt. View (Web Link) and heard some great ideas. There is an interview of many of the things I heard at the seminar posted on youtube Web Link.

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Posted by Observer II
a resident of Whisman Station
on Oct 9, 2009 at 7:42 pm

These above average SAT scores only apply to those students who took the SAT and therefore are hardly a reflection of school performance. The article should have addressed what percentage of students at each school actually took the SAT.

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Posted by Ernie S
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 22, 2015 at 7:13 am

A lot of this has to do with kids taking good test prep classes. My daughter has online SAT Test Prep Web Link courses with ClarityEd Web Link and was able to raise her score significantly.

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