Carroll school graduates compare well with other students in Maryland colleges Average GPA slightly higher than state figure

June 01, 1997|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF

Carroll County public school graduates who went on to college fared as well or better than their counterparts from across the state, according to data in the annual Maryland Student Outcome and Achievement Report.

The report is compiled by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The current report is for 18,645 students who graduated from high school in 1995 and entered college that fall.

Though the report does not include information on those who attended college out of state, it provides one way for school officials to track how their graduates fare, said Gary Dunkleberger, Carroll County's assistant superintendent of schools.

Curriculum guide

"We look for trends," he said. "If we see our students doing better than is typical throughout the state and in neighboring counties, the message there is to continue much of what we're doing and looking at how to refine it," Dunkleberger said.

He said he could think of no major changes in the curriculum that past reports had sparked.

"One of the major reasons is Carroll County students fared well when they went to college," he said.

According to the report:

Of Carroll's 1,403 graduates in 1995, 723 went on to college in Maryland.

The most popular choice was Carroll Community College, where 400 graduates went. Next was Towson State University, where 53 graduates enrolled.

Others include: Western Maryland College, 45; University of Maryland College Park, 41; Frostburg State University, 39; University of Maryland Baltimore County, 30; Catonsville Community College, 22; Villa Julie College, 20; Frederick Community College, 13; and St. Mary's College of Maryland, 11.

Using figures for the seven four-year colleges that had 10 or more Carroll freshmen, Carroll students' grades for math and English were right at the average for freshmen from throughout the state.

In their first year of college, the Carroll students' grade-point average was 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in math and 2.7 in English.

In all subjects, the Carroll graduates had an average GPA of 2.7, slightly higher than the 2.6 average of Maryland students at those seven four-year colleges.

Carroll had fewer students who needed remedial work once they got to college.

Different definitions

However, Dunkleberger said one problem with this part of the report is that colleges vary widely in their definitions of remedial classwork.

For the percentage of students needing remedial classes, Carroll fared better than neighboring Howard and Frederick counties, the two most often compared to Carroll.

In math, 12.5 percent of Carroll graduates needed remediation; 15 percent needed it for English and 8 percent for reading.

Howard's percentage was identical for English, but its percentages were twice as high for math and reading. Compared to Carroll, Frederick County had nearly three times as many students needing remediation in math and about twice as many in English and reading.

Compared with state averages, Carroll was at the average for English remediation, and most of those students were at the University of Maryland College Park.

But Carroll had only about half the percentage of students taking remedial math or reading as the state average.

Pub Date: 6/01/97

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