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MCPS Class of 2016’s SAT Scores Rise, Participation Falls

SAT scores for graduates of the Class of 2016 from Montgomery County Public Schools high schools increased by just two points over the previous year, while participation in the college entrance exam fell by 3.1 percentage points over the graduates of the Class of 2015.

According to a release from MCPS, the Class of 2016 earned a combined average SAT score of 1631, a two-point increase over the previous year, and 175 and 147 points higher than the Maryland and national averages, respectively. However, while the district’s scores among African American and Hispanic graduates were significantly above the national and state averages, they remain below that of their White and Asian counterparts in MCPS.

According to a memo from MCPS superintendent of schools, Dr. Jack R. Smith to the Board of Education, graduates nationwide and in the whole State of Maryland scored six points lower in 2016 than in 2015. And the mean SAT combined score of MCPS graduates decreased by 20 points from 2012 to 2016. “The same trend was observed for graduates statewide and nationwide, who scores declined 31 and 14 points respectively,” wrote Smith.

The memo stated, “On average, MCPS’ Black or African America students in the Class of 2016 outperformed their peers in the state and the nation by 155 and 127 points respectively.” The year-on-year comparison of scores for African American student showed a one point decrease from 1397 in 2015 to 1396 in 2016. “The trend for Black or African American students in the state and nation differed from MCPS,” wrote Smith, “with a 12 and 7 point decline in the state and nation, respectively. In the past five years, MCPS Black or African American graduates progressively improved the mean SAT c