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Nearly 96 percent of Harford students pass High School Assessment tests

Nearly 96 percent of high school students in Harford County passed the state's High School Assessment tests during the 2012-2013 school year.

The total is well in excess of the state average for students passing the tests, which stands at 89.9 percent reported in the most results of the most recently released test results.

Harford County Public Schools officials released the testing data earlier this fall; results can be found on the Maryland State Department of Education's 2013 Maryland Report Card website.

Passing the High School Assessment, with a combined score based on performance on algebra/data analysis, biology and English tests, is a requirement for graduating high school in Maryland.

Students also take a government HSA test, but passing it was not a graduate requirement last year, according to Harford school officials.

The state did not offer the government test starting in 2011, but students were able to take it as of spring 2013 after the Maryland General Assembly stepped in, according to a press release from the State Department of Education.

"We want them to understand the material," William Reinhard, spokesman for the State Department of Education, explained. "They should have a good grasp of algebra before they graduate from high school."

Reinhard noted graduation rates in the state have increased since the HSA became a graduation requirement five years ago.

Students can pass the HSA with a "combined minimum score" on the tests, complete an alternate project through the state's Bridge Plan for Academic Validation or obtain a waiver, according to a recent press release from the school system.

More than 95 percent of Harford County high school students – sophomores, juniors and seniors – passed the HSA with a combined score, and the remainder passed through the Bridge program or qualified for a waiver.

The data on the Maryland Report Card site is aggregated by school and grade, as well as demographics.

Countywide, 92.3 percent of 10th-graders passed algebra/data analysis; 88.2 percent passed biology; 79.5 percent passed English and 53.9 percent passed government.

Among the juniors, 94.9 percent passed the algebra test; 93.4 percent passed biology; 89.4 percent passed English and 89.4 percent passed government.

Nearly 94 percent of 12th-graders, or 93.6 percent, passed algebra; 90.8 percent passed biology; 89.1 percent passed English and 91.9 percent passed government.

Aberdeen

As for the individual schools, 85 percent of Aberdeen High School 10th-graders passed algebra; 73.1 percent passed biology; 71 percent passed English and 45.8 percent passed government.

Nearly 93 percent of juniors, or 92.9 percent, passed algebra; 86.2 percent passed biology; 90.3 percent passed English and 77.3 percent passed government.

The 12th-graders at Aberdeen saw 92.8 percent of their cohorts pass algebra; 82.4 percent passed biology; 88 percent passed English and 81.6 percent passed government.

Bel Air

More than 95 percent of Bel Air High School sophomores passed algebra; 94.1 percent passed biology; 83.3 percent passed English and 69.6 percent passed government.

More than 95 percent of juniors passed algebra, and more than 95 percent passed biology; 90 percent passed English and more than 95 percent passed government.

Regarding the seniors, more than 95 percent also passed algebra and biology; 91.9 percent passed English and more than 95 percent passed government.

C. Milton Wright

More than 95 percent of C. Milton Wright High School 10th-graders passed the algebra test; 89.6 percent passed biology; 82.2 percent passed English and 53.3 percent passed government.

More than 95 percent of 11th-graders passed the tests in all four subjects.

Nearly 95 percent, or 94.9 percent, of 12th-graders passed algebra; 93.4 percent passed biology; 93.8 percent passed English and more than 95 percent passed government.

Edgewood

Slightly more than 84 percent of Edgewood High School sophomores, or 84.1 percent, passed algebra; 85 percent passed biology; 68.5 percent passed English and 37.5 percent passed government.

As for the juniors, 87.3 percent passed algebra; 85.4 percent passed biology; 80.4 percent passed English and 84.7 percent passed government.

The figures were similar for the seniors – 87.4 percent passed algebra; 82.7 percent passed biology; 87.6 percent passed English and 82.7 percent passed government.

Fallston

More than 95 percent of 10th-graders who took the algebra test at Fallston High School passed it; more than 95 percent passed the biology test and 92.9 percent passed English. Government test results were not available.

As for the 11th-graders, more than 95 percent passed algebra and biology; 93.1 percent passed English and 92.5 percent passed government.

Ninety-four percent of seniors passed the algebra test; 94.5 percent passed biology; 91.1 percent passed English and more than 95 percent passed government.

Harford Tech

More than 95 percent of sophomores at Harford Technical High School who took the algebra test passed it; 92.6 percent passed biology and 83.1 percent passed English. Government results were not available.

Results for juniors showed 94.5 percent passed algebra; more than 95 percent passed biology; 86.9 percent passed English and 89.3 percent passed government.

Slightly more than 94 percent of seniors passed algebra, or 94.2 percent; more than 95 percent passed biology; 88.7 percent passed English and 93.9 percent passed government.

Havre de Grace

Nearly 90 percent, or 89.5 percent of Havre de Grace High School 10th-graders passed the algebra test; 83.1 percent passed biology and 74 percent passed English; government results were not available for the 10th-graders.

As for the juniors, 94.9 percent passed algebra; 92.1 percent passed biology; 85.1 percent passed English and 84.3 percent passed government.

Ninety-four percent of the seniors passed the algebra test; 91.6 percent passed biology; 79.7 percent passed English and 93.3 percent passed government.

Joppatowne

Nearly 81 percent of Joppatowne High School sophomores, or 80.9 percent, passed the algebra test; 73.6 percent passed biology; 61.5 percent passed English and 48.6 percent passed government.

Of the juniors, 91.1 percent passed algebra; 89.4 percent passed biology; 86.5 percent passed English and 88.5 percent passed government.

As for the seniors, 85.6 percent passed algebra; 78.5 percent passed biology; 75.4 percent passed English and 82.2 percent passed government.

North Harford

More than 95 percent of North Harford High School 10th-graders who took the algebra test passed it; 92.8 percent passed biology; 81.6 percent passed English and 68.8 percent passed government.

More than 95 percent of 11th-graders also passed algebra; more than 95 percent passed biology as well; 90.1 percent passed English and 91.3 percent passed government.

Nearly 95 percent of 12th-graders, or 94.7 percent, passed algebra; 93.3 percent passed biology; 91.5 percent passed English and more than 95 percent passed government.

Patterson Mill

More than 95 percent of 10th-graders at Patterson Mill High School passed the algebra test; 93.2 percent passed biology and 90.8 percent passed English; government results were not available.

More than 95 percent of juniors passed algebra and biology; 92 percent passed English and 92.9 percent passed government.

More than 95 percent of seniors passed algebra and biology; 92.7 percent passed English and more than 95 percent passed government.

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