Maryland's Department of Education released results of the High School Assessment exams, standardized tests taken after the completion of certain courses. The results show some improvement over 2003, but scores among minority students continue to trail those of their white counterparts. Students are required to take the tests to graduate, and, beginning in 2009, they will be required to pass the exams before graduating.

Below is a look at how Prince George's students performed. Students were tested in English, biology, government and algebra.

English I

Year

Percent Passing

2004

39.0

2003

23.2

2002

25.9

Government

Year

Percent Passing

2004

48.8

2003

41.0

2002

36.8

Algebra

Year

Percent Passing

2004

36.8

2003

28.1

2002

26.3

Biology

Year

Percent Passing

2004

35.8

2003

31.1

2002

32.6

The following is how county students performed on the High School Assessment exams based on race and ethnicity:

English I

Percent Passing YearAmerican

Indian

Alaskan Native/

Asian / Pacific

Islander

African

American

White (not

of Hispanic

origin)

Hispanic

200443.4

63.8

35.7

69.5

33.0

200327.3

39.8

19.9

50.3

16.6

200223.9

48.1

21.2

55.1

19.9

Biology

Percent PassingYearAmerican

Indian

Alaskan Native/

Asian / Pacific

Islander

African

American

White (not

of Hispanic

origin)

Hispanic

200442.9

65.6

31.7

67.4

31.2

200354.1

54.9

25.9

65.0

29.1

200240.0

56.0

26.7

65.3

27.0

Government

Percent PassingYearAmerican

Indian

Alaskan Native/

Asian / Pacific

Islander

African

American

White (not

of Hispanic

origin)

Hispanic

200458.9

73.7

45.3

75.6

46.7

200347.8

61.8

37.4

65.6

37.8

200246.7

57.5

32.0

63.8

35.7

Algebra

Percent PassingYearAmerican

Indian

Alaskan Native/

Asian/Pacific

Islander

African

American

White (not

of Hispanic

origin)

Hispanic

200448.3

63.3

32.2

66.9

37.4

200331.3

60.8

23.2

58.7

22.8

200233.3

54.5

20.6

59.3

18.9