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Charles Seniors Increase Scores on SAT


A chart of SAT results for Charles County Public Schools 2009-10 college-bound seniors. Click image to enlarge. (Source: Charles County Public Schools)
A chart of SAT results for Charles County Public Schools 2009-10 college-bound seniors. Click image to enlarge. (Source: Charles County Public Schools)

LA PLATA, Md. (Sept. 15, 2010)—Charles County Public Schools average score on the SAT, a nationally known college entrance test, is 1486, an increase of 22 points above last year’s average. SAT scores at each of the six county high schools improved in 2010.

Students’ average score on the critical reading section is 502, an increase of nine points from last year. Math scores improved to 497, with a seven point gain and writing scores increased six points to 487. SAT tests are designed to demonstrate a student's mastery of certain subjects to colleges. Many colleges use the test as a part of the admissions process.

Only scores for graduating seniors are included in the 2010 report. Students in the Class of 2010 were offered more than $37 million in scholarships.

La Plata High School was the highest performing school with a score of 1645. Maurice J. McDonough High School students posted an average score of 1524 and Westlake High School students posted a 1501 average. Thomas Stone High School students' average score is 1471, North Point High School’s average score is 1445 and Henry E. Lackey High School students averaged 1403. Average participation countywide is 35.7 percent, down from 39.8 percent in 2009.

Last fall, Charles County Public Schools began offering Kaplan Live Online, an interactive SAT preparation class, for seniors. In the spring, the opportunity was extended to juniors. The sessions were offered on Saturdays at three regional sites. The school system is again offering a Saturday Kaplan Live Online course for seniors this fall, and juniors will be able to participate in Saturday sessions in the spring. Additionally, each high school will offer a 50-hour Kaplan online course through an SAT prep course or after-school learning opportunity. The school system offered five, week-long SAT preparation classes during the summer.

Source: Charles County Public Schools

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