Members of the Class of 2017 who took the new Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) last year scored better than their counterparts in Maryland and across the nation, data released by the College Board shows.
The composite score for county students was 1,071 points, 25 points better than the state composite and 11 points better than the national composite.
County students had an average score of 541 on the reading/writing portion of the assessment, 13 points higher than the Maryland average and eight points higher than the national average. In math, the county average of 530 was 12 points higher than the state average and 3 points higher than the national average.
This was the first full year for the newly redesigned assessment, which eliminated the essay portion that had been required in recent years. Because of the new format, comparisons to scores from prior years are not possible.
“The results released today are good news in terms of where we stand compared to other jurisdictions in Maryland and around the country, but they also reveal areas in which we have a lot of work left to do,” Superintendent George Arlotto said. “We, like other districts, must continue to find ways to close gaps that exist between our student groups. That continues to be the single goal in our strategic plan and the focus of all of our discussions and initiatives.”
Students of Two or More Races scored highest on both the reading/writing and math portions of the exam with scores of 572 and 562 points, respectively. On the reading/writing portion, white students had an average score of 567 points, followed by Asian students (545), Hispanic students (513), and African-American students (481).
On the math portion of the exam, Asian students had an average score of 561 points, followed by white students (558), Hispanic students (498), and African-American students (461).
Complete county results can be found in document below.