Maryland SAT Scores Take a Leap Forward for the Class of 2018

Maryland Scores, Participation Rise; AP Scores Also Increase

BALTIMORE  (October 25, 2018) – The mean SAT score for graduating seniors in Maryland public schools increased by 20 points for the class of 2018, according to data released today.

The composite score for graduating Maryland public school students improved to 1066 for the class of 2018, up from 1046 in 2017.  That compares to a national public school average of 1049, up three points from 1044 in 2017.

The State’s improvement on the SAT came as a record number of graduating students took the exam.  A total of 40,639 members of the class of 2018 took the SAT, compared to 36,459 in 2017.

“Ensuring that every young Marylander has access to a world-class education is our top priority, and our administration has made record investments in K-12 education so our students have the opportunity to achieve their dreams,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “I am proud to see our students thriving, and I congratulate the Class of 2018, as well as the leadership, teachers, and parents that contribute to their success, both now and in the future.”

Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, said the assessment results indicate a growing number of Maryland students are better prepared for college or the workforce as they complete high school.

“These tests serve as an important yardstick for our students as they ready themselves for life after graduation,” Dr. Salmon said.  “The better prepared our graduates, the more likely they are to enter college or their first job with a clear pathway to success.”

The College Board today related 2018 data for the SAT, which underwent considerable changes two years ago.  The organization dropped a required separate writing test, which it added a decade ago, and changed other facets of the test at that time.

The mean score for the evidence-based reading and writing section (English language arts) for Maryland public school students in the class of 2018 students is 538, compared to 528 for the class of 2017, while the mean score for mathematics is 528 compared to 518 in the class of 2017.  The SAT tests are scored on a 200 to 800-point scale for each section.