Results released by the College Board today indicate that Maryland students have made gains in both the math and critical reading sections of the SAT. The Baltimore Sun reports,
Graduating seniors increased their average math scores from 502 to 506 and their average reading scores from 500 to 501. Average writing scores remained the same at 495.
Maryland students matched the national average in reading and bettered it by 3 points in writing but fell 10 points below the national average in math.
In addition to higher scores, the College Board found that an increasing number of minorities are taking the test 45.9% in 2010 compared to 45.5% in 2009.
Minority students also improved their performance, with black and Hispanic students scoring higher overall on both the math and reading sections. Hispanic students gained 3 points in reading and 9 in math. Black students gained 3 points in reading and 6 points in math.
College Board officials noted that 32.1 percent of test takers said they expect to be part of the first generations in their families to attend college.
“I’m especially encouraged by both the number of minority students in Maryland who plan to go on to college and by the number of students who will be the first in their families to seek a college education,” said College Board President Gaston Caperton.