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Whitman Students Outperform Rest Of County On SAT

By Aaron Kraut

Thursday - 9/26/2013, 10:00am  ET

Walt Whitman High School, via MCPSThe Whitman High School class of 2013 had the highest average SAT score of any MCPS high school as countywide scores slipped slightly from 2012.

Whitman’s graduating students scored an average of 1901 out of 2400 on the most widely used college admissions test. Whitman’s 38-point jump from the class of 2012 average was among the largest increases in the school system.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School’s average was 1760, up from 1746 in the 2012 graduating class and 1742 in the 2011 graduating class. B-CC also saw an increase in SAT participation from students who receive free-and reduced-price meals (FARMS), an indicator of economic disadvantage.

Walter Johnson’s class of 2013 averaged 1716 on the test, down from the 2012 and 2011 class averages of 1744.

Countywide, students from the class of 2013 averaged 1651, three points fewer than the 1648 average of the 2012 class. The percentage of students who took the test dropped from 70.7 percent to 69.2 percent.

The statewide public school SAT average was 1456, with 69 percent of students taking the test. The nationwide class of 2013 average was 1474 for public school students.

“Overall our students are performing at a high level on the SAT, and they are significantly outperforming students across the state and the nation. That is something to celebrate,” MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr said in a prepared release. “But there are still gaps in performance that must be addressed, so that all of our students can thrive in their future and have success after graduation. I know that the staff of MCPS is dedicated to doing the hard work necessary to make sure all students are well prepared for the demands of the 21st century.”

Countywide, 84 more FARMS students took the SAT than in the class of 2012. The average score of 1382 was an increase of 22 points compared to the 2012 class.

Poolelsville (1857), Churchill (1839), Wootton (1822) and Richard Montgomery (1781) followed Whitman in terms of highest average combined score.

Read all of the data here.