WAYNE COUNTY - Students in the Wayne Highlands and Wallenpaupack Area school districts exceeded the national and state averages on the SAT test, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Students who graduated in 2014 from Wayne Highlands scored an average of 1,023, while students in Wallenpaupack had an average score of 1,027, according to state data.
The numbers were above the state average of 1,001 and national average of 1,010.
Wayne Highlands Superintendent Gregory Frigoletto and Wallenpaupack Superintendent Michael Silsby said their respective districts are very happy with the success experienced by the students.
Western Wayne School District scored just below the national and state averages with an average of 982. But Superintendent Clayton LaCoe noted the average scores have been steadily increasing since 2008.
The highest possible SAT score is 1,600, with math and reading tests potentially worth 800 points each.
Frigoletto credited the academic success of the students to the district's curriculum, instruction and environment.
The average SAT scores at Wayne Highlands have been consistently high over a number of years and is something the district is very proud of, Frigoletto said.
The superintendent pointed out that the district introduces complexed, age-appropriate math programs to students starting in kindergarten.
In addition, the district concentrates on its language arts program and with writing initiatives, he said.
Frigoletto also pointed out that Wayne Highlands is a SAT test center, which provides students with a comfortable environment to take the tests.
Silsby said Wallenpaupack aligns its curriculum with SAT standards and also offers prep courses. The superintendent credited the success to the dedication of the students, teachers and parents.
"We want the kids to do the best job possible," Silsby said, noting how universities place much emphasis on SAT scores.
Wallenpaupack's scores have exceeded the state and national rankings for several years, Silsby noted.
At Western Wayne, the SAT scores have been steadily increasing over the years, LaCoe said.
The superintendent said the district is "very proud" of the progress of the students. He credited the students, parents and faculty and staff.
But the district is not satisfied and wants to improve the scores of the students, LaCoe said.
The superintendent noted that the average highest SAT score for students in 2008 was 909, much lower than that of the 2014 score.