Nothing has been more sacrosanct to the O'Malley Administration that the alleged ranking of our state public schools as the best in the nation. In July I wrote about how the state performance on the Maryland School Assessment was an inadvertent admission that our schools were far from the best, but the recent report about state SAT performance underscores that point:
Virginia students received their highest scores ever on the modern SAT college admission test this year, and scores also rose in the District even as national averages remained unchanged. Maryland’s scores dropped for the third straight year, according to data for the Class of 2013 released Thursday.
In Maryland, SAT scores fell by four points overall, a dip equally split between math and writing. Overall SAT scores in Maryland have fallen three years in a row, this year landing at 1483.
Maryland officials said they took heart in an increase in student participation. They cited a 2.4 percent increase in the number of African American students taking the test and an 18.25 percent jump in Hispanic students taking it. State officials have been encouraging underrepresented minorities toward higher education.
“This has been a goal. We’re trying to get students whose parents haven’t gone to college to start thinking about post-secondary education,” said Bill Reinhard, a spokesman for the Maryland State Department of Education.