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SAT Scores Lag, But Not in Howard County

County students posted considerably better scores on the SAT than the rest of the state or country.

Administrators of the SAT released a report on Monday, stating that only 43 percent of 2012 college-bound seniors are college ready. But in Howard  County, things are looking much brighter.

The College Board found that only 43 percent of students in the country met the SAT benchmark score of 1550, which indicates a 65 percent likelihood of achieving a B- or higher during a student's first year of college.

However, Howard County schools reported that students in the county earned an average score of 1632 on the SAT in 2012, 165 points higher than the Maryland average (1467), and 134 points higher than the national average (1498).

"Our 2012 results indicate that many of our students are in fact college or career ready," Howard County Schools Superintendent Renee A. Foose said  in a statement.

In addition to scoring better on the SAT, students in Howard County took the test at a much higher rate than other students in the state and country—81 percent of students in Howard County took the test, compared to 70 percent in MD and 52 percent nationally.

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Jack September 26, 2012 at 01:56 AM
"Our 2012 results indicate that many of our students are in fact college or career ready," Howard County Schools Superintendent Renee A. Foose said in a statement. 2/3 of HCC freshmen need remedial ed and the graduation rate was only 13 percent which means of the 1,000 hcpss grads we sent them over 800 were far from ready and the hcpss offers almost no hands on, vocational, technical or financial training so maybe if the assessment queen hires a few more of her friends and keeps up the lie we have been fed for years she may just finish her four year contract without being run out of town for complete incompetence. So why do these taught to the test grads the hcpss produces need remedial ed and not succeed in colege"? It is because the hcpss embraces deception because Howard county needs the money they bait in by exploiting our children with these test scores. The hcpss is not in the business of education but in the business of attracting wealth to the county. The current BOE needs to resign and take Foose's Foolery with them
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