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Saipan school sees record-breaking SAT-10 scores

THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011 05:43 AM

The students of Marianas High School, located on the island of Saipan, recently received some of the highest scores on the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT-10) in the institution's history, according to the Saipan Tribune. Their latest results show that they surpassed the 50th percentile in five out of eight areas, making it the first year they have done better than the national average.

This year, the school earned a complete battery score in the 51st percentile, which shows a vast improvement since 2007, when it landed in the 37th percentile.

Principal Craig Garrison told the news outlet that when he joined the school's faculty in 2010, he was primarily concerned with the students' test scores and vowed to find ways to improve them.

This year, Garrison said he believes the teachers were a big reason why the school's test scores increased. Since he became principal, the educators have started to focus more on the SAT-10, often putting in extra time to make sure that students understand the concepts.

According to the test website, students who take the SAT-10 are assessed on subjects such as reading, lexile measure, social science, mathematics, language, spelling, listening and science.