More African-American and Hispanic Anne Arundel County students passed the Maryland writing test on the first try this year, as compared with the winter of 1992.
Test results released yesterday by the county Board of Education show that 91 percent of African-American students in the ninth grade passed the essay exam on their first try this winter, compared with 77 percent in 1992.
The test, composed of two essays, is one of four students must pass to graduate from high school. Students are given the test each year they are in high school.
Hispanic students' performance also improved, with 90 percent passing on the first try this year, compared with 80 percent last year.
Overall, 95 percent of the county's students passed the test this year on the first try, compared with 89.9 percent last year.
Under the School Performance Program guidelines, a 90 percent overall pass rate is satisfactory.