Harford County SAT scores dipped slightly overall in 2010, according to results released by the College Board on Monday, September 13, 2010. SAT scores were reported for high school seniors in three sections – math, writing and critical reading.
Compared with 2009, Harford’s scores rose two points to 523 in math; dropped five points to 483 in writing, and were flat at 507 in critical reading. Each of the three sections carries a maximum score of 800. The test is generally taken by college-bound students and considered a measure of college readiness.
The Harford County scores exceeded state and national averages in math and critical reading, but lagged in writing:
2010 SAT National Maryland HCPS
Math 516 506 523
Critical Reading 501 501 507
Writing 492 495 483
Harford Schools Superintendent Robert M. Tomback addressed the county scores at the September 13 school board meeting, saying that a review of the writing scores would be undertaken to better prepare students in the future.
The superintendent’s report was summarized by HCPS as follows:
Announced that Harford County SAT scores were steady as reflected in today’s release by the College Board. Harford County reading and math scores continue to exceed the Maryland and National averages and have held steady over the past five years. Written curriculum and the material taught by our teachers are aligned with the SAT and our results demonstrate that students are addressing the challenge of this assessment. Harford County writing scores do not demonstrate the same success and is under review by our content supervisors and Assessment Office to determine what additional steps need to be taken to prepare students for this rigorous component of the test. Staff continues to work to better prepare all of our students for the challenge of college and the workforce.
Results for individual Harford County public schools will not be available until late September or early October, according to Teri Kranefeld, manager of communications for HCPS. Kranefeld told The Dagger that the individual school reports were ordered but were not delivered, and the school system was working with the College Board to resolve the problem.