Average 2013 SAT scores in a majority of Harford County public high schools exceeded the College Board’s College and Career Readiness Benchmarks in math and critical reading. However, average scores in all schools failed to meet higher targets set for automatic entry to credit- bearing math and English courses at Harford Community College.
The SAT, which is developed by the non-profit College Board, has been administered for decades to high school students nationwide in math, critical reading and more recently, in writing. Scores in each of the three tested areas are calculated on a 200-800 point scale, for a maximum combined score of 2400. Average combined scores in HCPS were 1515 overall for 2013, beating the national and state averages of 1498 and 1483, respectively.
The College Board College and Career Readiness Benchmarks
Last year for the first time, the College Board also established benchmark scores at 500 points for proficiency in each of the tested areas, and a slightly higher college readiness benchmark of 1550 combined, indicating a 65% likelihood of achieving at least a B-minus average (2.67 GPA) during the first year of college. According to research conducted by The College Board:
“The results showed that students meeting the benchmark are more likely to enroll in college; return for their second and third years of college; earn higher grades in both high school and college; and are more likely to have taken a core curriculum as well as more rigorous courses in high school than those not meeting the benchmark.”
Among the ten Harford County public high schools, only Patterson Mill met the College Board’s proficiency benchmark of 500 points in all three tested areas in 2013. All schools except Edgewood, Harford Technical School and Joppatowne met the 500 point benchmark in math and critical reading. Bel Air, C. Milton Wright, North Harford and Patterson Mill also met the 1550 point combined college readiness benchmark.
The College Board cautions that its benchmarks were created for use by secondary school educators, administrators and policymakers evaluating the likelihood of college success for groups of students. They are not intended to determine college readiness for individual students or academic readiness for a specific college. A complete guide to the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmarks can be found here.
Community colleges generally offer open enrollment. However, most require degree-seeking students to take a placement exam to determine whether they must take remedial coursework before enrolling in credit-bearing courses in math and English.
According to the College Board, only 43% of SAT test-takers nationwide in the class of 2013 graduated from high school ready for college-level work.
Many community colleges exempt students from taking a placement exam if they have scored 550 or higher on the SAT subtests in math and critical reading, which is 50 points higher than the College Board’s benchmark. More information about this placement process at Harford Community College
can be found here.
Average scores in all Harford County public high schools were below Harford Community College’s 550 point cut scores in both math and critical reading in 2013.
Below is a table showing the average 2013 SAT scores for each of the ten Harford County public high schools, provided by Harford County Public Schools. The table is followed by a list of the combined average SAT scores for selected school systems around the state, compiled from official reports by The Dagger.
2013 Average Combined SAT Scores for Selected Maryland Public School Systems