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County SAT Scores Lag Behind State, Country

The school system saw increases in both SAT and AP exam scores since 2011.

The school system saw higher scores in the SAT and AP exams for 2012, but Baltimore County is still trailing behind the national and state SAT average. 

Early data showed a 17-point gain in the combined countywide mean SAT score, from 1,459 points in 2011 to 1,476 points in 2012 on a 2,400-point scale, according to a Baltimore County Public Schools news release. However, participation on the test dipped from 60.1 percent to 57.5 percent of all students.

By comparison, the state had a mean of 1,487 points and the country 1,498 points, the release reads. Despite the higher means, the state fell five points from 2011 and the country 2 points.

On the AP exams, the percentage of diploma-bound seniors scoring 3 points or higher on the 5 point tests increased from 64.4 percent in 2011 to 67.4 percent in 2012, school system officials said. The percentage of students taking the tests also rose from 36.6 percent to 37.8 percent.

The state saw a 5.4 percent increase in the number of AP exams taken from 2011 to 2012, according to a Maryland State Department of Education news release. Although 116,614 tests were taken in 2012, the percentage of those receiving scores of 3 to 5 increased nearly 10 percent.

Maryland has ranked first in the country for success on the AP exams for the past four years, the state's release reads. The College Board will release the 2012 standings in early 2013.

M. Sullivan September 26, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Tim, 1476 is a mean score, so it won't necessarily end in 0. If your score was 1320, what was the max? In addition to dumbing the test down, they have also increased the maximum points.
Tracey September 26, 2012 at 06:44 PM
tim's score was out of 1600. They are certainly required for college applications.The third section is a writing sample. They are one of many criteria for admission and frankly the weight put on it is different for different colleges. Since it is a national test, it is more representative of a student's capability as opposed to their class rank, which has little meaning if they went to a dinky private school that graduated 10 people. Kids who are homeschooled have no rank, and frankly they are better students at the college level.
Tim September 26, 2012 at 06:45 PM
MS: This was almost 20 years ago. 1600 was the max. Both of my test scores ended in multiples of 10, and don't recall anyone else at the time having something different. As you mention, the tests have changed, likely several times over the past couple decades. Nothing like feeling old :)
Tony Solesky September 26, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Tracey according to my son when he took the SAT in the writing section he anwsered the question in a very succinct way and he scored a 1860. He was encouraged to go back and take it again and in the writing section increase the volume of the essay. His second time he scored a 2130 and he told me that if he took it again he was certain he would score a 2300 or better. As it was 2130 was in the 93% tile. The whole education system has become a scam that places vaule on the cost of education not the quality of it. I have never figured out why Towson and so many other coleges allows the partying and outragious behavior of students until I realized it is money not education they seek. parents pay all this money for a piece of paper that cost more then any job it will get You. Invest the money in a trust and let your kid go to community college. Both move would show inteligence and understanding cost to value ratios applied in a real world economy.
M. Sullivan September 26, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Hey Tim, mine was something over 1300 over 30 years ago, but I had forgotten about it and was drinking much beer the night before. I'm amazed I even remembered at the last minute. Check Wikipedia for the ridiculous history of this test. I'm amazed anyone still accepts it.

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