Mary­land SAT scores rise for Class of 2018

The Dundalk Eagle - - REC COUNCIL NEWS -

The mean SAT score for grad­u­at­ing se­niors in Mary­land pub­lic schools in­creased by 20 points for the class of 2018, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased on Oct. 25.

The com­pos­ite score for grad­u­at­ing Mary­land pub­lic school stu­dents im­proved to 1066 for the class of 2018, up from 1046 in 2017. That com­pares to a na­tional pub­lic school av­er­age of 1049, up three points from 1044 in 2017.

The State’s im­prove­ment on the SAT came as a record num­ber of grad­u­at­ing stu­dents took the exam. A to­tal of 40,639 mem­bers of the class of 2018 took the SAT, com­pared to 36,459 in 2017.

“En­sur­ing that ev­ery young Mary­lan­der has ac­cess to a world-class ed­u­ca­tion is our top pri­or­ity, and our ad­min­is­tra­tion has made record in­vest­ments in K-12 ed­u­ca­tion so our stu­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to achieve their dreams,” said Gov. Larry Ho­gan. “I am proud to see our stu­dents thriv­ing, and I con­grat­u­late the Class of 2018, as well as the lead­er­ship, teach­ers, and par­ents that con­trib­ute to their suc­cess, both now and in the fu­ture.”

Dr. Karen Salmon, State Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools, said the as­sess­ment re­sults in­di­cate a grow­ing num­ber of Mary­land stu­dents are bet­ter pre­pared for col­lege or the work­force as they com­plete high school.

“These tests serve as an im­por­tant yard­stick for our stu­dents as they ready them­selves for life after grad­u­a­tion,” Dr. Salmon said. “The bet­ter pre­pared our grad­u­ates, the more likely they are to en­ter col­lege or their first job with a clear path­way to suc­cess.”

The Col­lege Board to­day re­lated 2018 data for the SAT, which un­der­went con­sid­er­able changes two years ago. The or­ga­ni­za­tion dropped a re­quired sep­a­rate writ­ing test, which it added a decade ago, and changed other facets of the test at that time.

The mean score for the ev­i­dence-based read­ing and writ­ing sec­tion (English lan­guage arts) for Mary­land pub­lic school stu­dents in the class of 2018 stu­dents is 538, com­pared to 528 for the class of 2017, while the mean score for math­e­mat­ics is 528 com­pared to 518 in the class of 2017. The SAT tests are scored on a 200 to 800-point scale for each sec­tion.

The Col­lege Board also re­leased data on the

Ad­vanced Place­ment tests for 2018. To­day’s re­lease was pre­ceded by the re­lease last week of ACT test data. SAT Re­sults

Mary­land’s SAT re­sults im­proved across­the-board in 2018. The mean com­pos­ite score for Asian stu­dents in­creased from 1164 to 1221; for African Amer­i­can stu­dents, up from 937 to 947; for His­panic stu­dents from 1013 to 1024, and for White stu­dents from 1134 to 1142.

Male stu­dents from Mary­land had a mean score of 1075, while fe­male stu­dents’ mean was 1058. Fe­males scored bet­ter on the ev­i­dence-based read­ing and writ­ing por­tion (540 com­pared to 535), while males had a higher mean score on math­e­mat­ics (540 to 519).

SAT re­sults are avail­able at www.col­lege­board.org. ACT Re­sults

Al­though SAT re­mains the dom­i­nant exam in Mary­land, a record num­ber of grad­u­at­ing se­niors in the State took the ACT in 2018. There were 15,100 mem­bers of the class of 2018 who took the ACT, a big in­crease over the 12,664 for the class of 2017.

The av­er­age com­pos­ite score for Mary­land pub­lic school stu­dents dipped for the Class of 2018, to 22.1 from 23.4 for the class of 2017. Mary­land’s scores re­main above the na­tional av­er­age, 20.8, which dipped slightly from 21.0 in 2017.

Mary­land pub­lic school stu­dents scored above the na­tional av­er­ages in all four ACT cat­e­gories, English (21.4 to 20.2), math­e­mat­ics (21.8 to 20.5), read­ing (22.6 to 21.3) and science (21.9 to 20.7). The ACT is scored on a 1-36 point scale.

ACT re­sults are avail­able on its web­site, www.act.org. Ad­vanced Place­ment

The Col­lege Board in early 2019 will re­lease its an­nual look at AP by grad­u­at­ing co­hort, but to­day re­leased some raw num­bers for Mary­land test tak­ers.

Nearly 60,000 Mary­land stu­dents (58,537) took at least one AP test in 2018 across all grades, about the same as the pre­vi­ous school year. The num­ber of ex­ams taken—110,147— also was on par with 2017. How­ever, the num­ber of stu­dents scor­ing a 3, 4 or 5 in­creased – from 69,928 in 2017 to 72,090 in 2018.

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