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Latest SAT results show Massachusetts students gaining in math, including many in Hampshire County

The lastest SAT college board test results show high school students in Massachusetts made gains in math scores over the past decade, including in most area school districts.

This year’s statewide test results show the average SAT score in math has risen to 523 in Massachusetts, up from 511 a decade ago, according to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Data shows that 84 percent of students in the class of 2012 took the SAT test, up from 75 percent in 2002.

In other subjects, high school students in Massachusetts had an average SAT score of 506 in critical reading this year, one point higher than in 2011 and the fourth best in the nation.

In writing, the average score was 500, the same as last year. Only Vermont and Connecticut students scored higher.

Among local school districts, SAT scores of students at Amherst Regional High School, Belchertown High School, Hampshire Regional High School, Northampton High School and Smith Academy in Hatfield, bested state averages in all three subjects.

Scores of students at other area schools were more mixed but still remained above the state average in most subjects.

Students at Granby Junior-Senior High School, for example, had higher SAT scores than state averages in critical reading and math, but sightly lower in writing. At Easthampton High School, students scored above the state average in critical reading but slightly below in math and writing. And at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School in South Hadley, students bested state averages in reading and writing on the SAT but were slightly lower in math.

For detailed information on the 2012 SAT exams, visit the College Board’s website at collegeboard.org.

– Barbara Solowe_SClB

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