The College Board recently released the results of the PSAT exam, and we in the English Department are pleased to share our results. The scoring of the PSAT has recently changes (read about it here) so it has become very difficult to compare our scores to previous years to see how our students are trending, but taken in isolation, this year’s results are encouraging.
Our sophomores who took the exam earned an average score of 495, which was 14 points above the state average, and 23 points higher than the national average. According to the College Board, this score indicates that 79% of our sophomores are college ready (i.e. they would be able to score a C or better in a freshmen-level college course right now). This percentage is higher than both the state’s college readiness percentage (68) and the national percentage (64).
Our juniors fared even better, earning an average score of 550, which was 40 points higher than the state average for juniors, and 36 points higher than the national average. And an impressive 87% of our students were deemed to be college ready, nearly twenty points higher than the state average for juniors (68%) and the national average (69%).
Across both grades, our students earned a score that averaged 24 points higher than the state average on the ERW (Reading and writing) portion of the exam.
It is difficult to know how well these numbers correspond to the previous exams, which gave a different score for Writing and for Reading, but the performance by our juniors is quite likely one of the top performances of all time by BHS students. The sophomores’ performance also pairs well with how our sophomores have done in recent years.