Terrell Saunders

Does School Attendance Affect SAT Scores?

New Haven high schools with better attendance rates score higher on the SATs, according to records from the state Department of Education. For example, Amistad High School recorded an attendance rate of 96.6 percent and scored a combined average of 1,280 on the SATs in 2011-12 academic year. While Wilbur Cross – with an attendance rate of 84.7 percent – had a combined average SAT score of 1,238, in the same year. Most high schools in the New Haven district reported lower attendance rates and SAT scores than the state average, the state data shows. Christopher Bostock, principal of Achievement First Amistad High School, said, “Attendance is extremely important in helping students achieve strong test scores.”

Amistad has strict attendance policies.

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