HAGERSTOWN -- Washington County Public Schools officials said Tuesday they intend to pinpoint ways to improve SAT scores that dropped an average of 28 points since last year.
Donna Hanlin, assistant superintendent of secondary education for Washington County Public Schools, said during a Washington County Board of Education meeting that she was "puzzled" by the downslide.
"We do have a great deal of concern," Hanlin said.
The average SAT score of Washington County Public Schools seniors who took the test dropped from 1,508 in 2008 to 1,480 in 2009, according to documents provided by the school system. The state average among public schools was 1,478. The national average was 1,493.
The SAT is a standardized admissions test that is required by many college and universities in the United States. It tests skills in mathematics, writing and critical reading. The maximum score is 2,400.