SAT Scores: In Montgomery, Rockville High is up and Seneca Valley falls

The latest SAT college entrance exam scores, released Thursday, show that students at 11 of Montgomery County ‘s 25 high schools earned higher scores last spring than their peers had the year before.

Rockville High School improved the most-- with a 57-point increase, to an overall SAT score of 1,582.

On the downtrend were high schools including Seneca Valley, with a 75-point decrease, to 1,447; Albert Einstein, with a drop of 51 points, to 1,540; and Northwood, with dip of 48 points, to 1,463.

The school-by-school trends come as overall countywide performance fell by 3 points, to an average of 1,648 for the exam’s three sections, which include critical reading, math and writing. The exam is worth 2,400 points.

According to district data, other high schools with rising scores included Damascus, with a 42-point increase, to 1,693; Walt Whitman, with a 38-point jump, to 1,901; James Hubert Blake, with a 22-point boost, to 1,518; and John F. Kennedy, with a 21-point improvement, to 1,428.

Decreases of more than 20 points were noted at high schools including Gaithersburg, with a score of 1,478; Walter Johnson, with a score of 1,716; Springbrook, with a score of 1,407; and Quince Orchard, with a score of 1,638.

There were seven Montgomery schools that had both an increase in SAT performance and participation among economically disadvantaged students, officials said.

Those high schools included Bethesda Chevy-Chase, Montgomery Blair, Paint Branch, Rockville, Seneca Valley, Watkins Mill and Thomas S. Wootton.

Donna St. George writes about education, with an emphasis on Montgomery County schools.

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