SAT scores show slight gain on 1992 Averages better than state figure BALTIMORE COUNTY

August 20, 1993|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Staff Writer

Baltimore County's college-bound seniors scored slightly higher on the Scholastic Aptitude Test this year than the class that preceded them and averaged a hefty 23 points higher than the state average.

The average score for Baltimore County's 1993 graduates who took the test was 932, six points higher than last year's average of 926. The statewide average for the 1993 seniors was 909, while the national average was 902.

Verbal scores in the county rose from an average of 432 last year to 436 this year, while average math scores rose from 494 to 496. Since 1980, the average county SAT score for seniors has improved 13 points in the verbal test, and 24 points in math, county school officials said in releasing the general results. Individual school results won't be available for another week to -- 10 days.

The statewide average this year was 431 on the verbal test and 478 on the math test.

Paul Mazza, the county school official in charge of testing, said the test results demonstrate "that Baltimore County students continue to be better prepared academically than other students both nationally and in Maryland."

School Superintendent Stuart Berger said the scores show the system is still strong and improving.

"While Baltimore County's demographics continue to change and the school system is often criticized for innovative educational methods, wonderful things are taking place in our classrooms," he said.

About 66 percent of Maryland seniors, approximately 28,500 students, took the SAT this year. Testing officials say that, generally, the more students taking the test, the lower the average score.

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