Nearly One-Fifth of Montgomery Seniors May Not Graduate

Standardized test scores are troubling

Close to one out of every five high school seniors in Montgomery County won't graduate this spring unless they can pass standardized tests or complete an alternative project, the Examiner reports.

Data released by the Maryland State Department of Education showed that less than 73 percent of black seniors in Montgomery County Schools who took the English test had passed by Spring 2008.  About 76 percent of Hispanic students who took the test passed, while more than 95 percent of white students passed.

Prince George's County is last in the state with less than 65 percent of its seniors able to graduate.  Montgomery County's overall percentage stands at 83 percent.

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