Our Academic Record of Success

  • MCPS had the highest graduation rate of any large school district in the nation in 2010, according to an Education Week study.
  • MCPS was selected as a 2010 finalist for the Broad Prize for Urban Education, a prestigious award that recognizes substantial progress in closing the achievement gap. MCPS is the only school district in Maryland and the Washington, DC area to ever have been a finalist.
  • Seven MCPS high schools ranked among the top 100 in the nation by Newsweek magazine in 2010. All 25 MCPS high schools ranked in the nation’s top 3 percent of the nation’s high schools.
  • Exactly half of the graduates in the Class of 2010 earned a college-ready score of 3 or higher on at least one Advanced Placement (AP) exam—a record high performance for MCPS that is nearly double the rate in Maryland and triple the rate nationally.
  • The percentage of African American and Hispanic graduates in the MCPS Class of 2010 with at least one AP score of 3 or higher surpassed the national average of 16.9 percent for all graduates.
  • In 2010, students took more than 2,400 International Baccalaureate exams and earned a college-ready score of 4 or higher on 85.9 percent of the tests.
  • The MCPS Class of 2010 earned a 1653 combined average SAT score, setting a school system record and surpassing both national and state averages.
  • Nearly 50 percent of graduates in the MCPS classes of 2001-2004 earned a bachelor’s degree within six years, compared with 27.5 percent nationwide.
  • More than 75 percent of MCPS kindergarten students in 2010 reached or exceeded reading text at Level 6, two levels above the strategic target set by MCPS in the Seven Keys to College Readiness, a step-by-step guide for parents and students to prepare for college.
  • Students in Grade 3 through Grade 8 score Advanced in reading pro ciency on Maryland School Assessment (MSA) exams in far greater numbers than public school students as a whole in Maryland.