Sat Scores Show Little Change Compared To 1989

February 17, 1991|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Staff writer

In the version of this table that was published Sunday, the far right-hand column had the wrong year. The correct year, as shown below, is 1989.

SAT SCORES SCHOOL-BY-SCHOOL

Here's how county high school students taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test fared in 1990 compared to 1989. The numbers here are school-by-school averages of combined scores for the math and verbal SAT. A total of 1,600 points were possible.

School.. .. .. 1990.. .. ... . 1989

Atholton.. .. .. 964.. .. .. . 971

Centennial.. . 1,023.. ... .1,015

Glenelg.. .. .. 980.. .. .. .. .964

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

Hammond.. .. .. 924.. .. . .941

Howard.. .. .. . 906.. .. .... 939

Mt. Hebron.. .. 938.. .. . .942

Oakland Mills.. 940.. .. .939

Wilde Lake.. .. 992.. ... .963

County avg... .. 963.. ... 960

State avg... .. 908.. .. ... 914

National avg... 900.. .. 903

SOURCE: Howard County public schools

Scholastic Aptitude Test results from last school year were released to the school board Thursday and show only minor changes from the scores of the Class of 1989.

Combined test scores inched up by three points, verbalscores dipped by two points and mathematics scores were up by five.

Three-fourths of the approximately 2,000 students who graduated from county high schools in June 1990 took the SAT, a multiple-choice verbal and mathematics test used by many U.S. colleges and universities to screen applicants.

The SAT results, as in the past, showed Asian students scoring highest on the mathematics test, with whites second and blacks third. On the verbal test, whites led, followed by Asians and blacks.

In one change from results of 1987 and 1988, females who took the SATs pulled ahead of their male counterparts on the verbal section. In the two earlier years, males outscored females on both sections of the test. Last year, female students averaged 454 points, four points above the males' average scores, out of a possible 800 on the verbal test.

Male students continued to dominate the mathematics section, with average scores of 526 compared to 498 for female students. The top score possible on the math section is 800 points.

When school officials divided students from various ethnic groups by ability -- grouping them as above average, high average, low average and below average -- they found that Asian students consistently earned the highest mathematics scores on the SAT and black studentsconsistently ranked at the bottom.

On the verbal section of the test, whites earned the highest scores except among the top students, where Asians outscored whites. Black students came in second on the verbal section among high-average students.

Leslie Walker-Bartwick,a county school system testing specialist who analyzed the results, noted in her report to the school board last week that the Class of 1990's combined SAT score, 963, is the second-highest in county history. The highest score, 970, was earned by the Class of 1987.

The report included a standard warning against using SAT scores to judge the effectiveness of the students' high school educations. However, the report also noted that the mathematics section is designed to test skills usually taught in grades one through nine and the verbal section tests a student's ability to use English acceptable for college-level work.

"The SATs are made up for colleges, not for any school system's curriculum," Walker-Bartwick said. The county school system cannot guarantee that its curriculum covers all questions on the SAT, she said.

Among individual county schools, students who took the SAT from Atholton, Centennial, Glenelg and Wilde Lake earned combined scores higher than the county average. Average scores from Hammond, Howard, Mount Hebron and Oakland Mills fell below the county combined scores.

Centennial High led with average combined scores of 1,023.Howard High students earned the lowest combined scores, an average of 906.

Numbers on the test scores have changed, but the same four schools were above the county average, the same four below, in the 1989 SAT results. In 1988, Atholton, Centennial, Glenelg, Wilde Lake and Oakland Mills recorded scores above the countywide average.

Eleventh-graders who took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test earnedverbal scores five points higher than those who took the test in 1988-1989, math scores two points higher. Among students who took Advanced Placement tests, 79 percent qualified for advanced placement in college courses, up from 76.5 percent of those who took the tests a year earlier.

SAT SCORES SCHOOL-BY-SCHOOL

Here's how county high school students taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test fared in 1990 comparedto 1989. The numbers here are school-by-school averages of combined scores for the math and verbal SAT. A total of 1,600 points were possible.

School.. .. .. ..1990.. .. ..1989

Atholton.. .. .. .964.. .. ..971

Centennial.. .. 1,023.. .. .1,015

Glenelg.. .. .. ..980.. .. .. 964

Hammond.. .. .. ..924.. .. .. 941

Howard.. .. .. .. 906.. .. .. 939

Mt. Hebron.. .. . 938.. .. .. 942

Oakland Mills.. . 940.. .. .. 939

Wilde Lake........992.. .. .. 963

County avg. .. .. 963.. .. .. 960

State avg. .. .. 908.. .. .. 914

National avg. .. .900.. .. .. 903

SOURCE: Howard County public schools

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