ARHS student standardized test scores remain above state average

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By Liz Nolan, Contributing Writer

Northborough/Southborough  – Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) standardized tests scores remain above the state average. 

ARHS Principal Sean Bevan shared with the Regional School Committee on Nov. 18 that the October ACT composite mean score for ARHS students was 26.5, and SAT scores in both English and Math are all above the state average.

AP exams in 25 content areas were administered remotely in May to 428 students with some content adjustments due to COVID-19.

The MCAS testing typically given to Grade 10 students in the areas of Math, English Language Arts and Science was postponed this past spring due to COVID-19, and rescheduled for January 2021. Testing for current sophomores is scheduled for May 2021. 

Bevan shared other data regarding class sizes, which average 19.4 students with Social Studies and English classes being the largest.

“What I like to do is not only think about these as class sizes and what they represent, but what is the child’s experience when they are in a class size that is a large one and how likely is that to happen depending on how we make staffing decisions,” said Bevan. “I think these numbers will naturally decrease because we are trading out a very large senior class for a smaller incoming freshmen class next year.”