Congratulations to Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) for topping the list of graduation rates among the 50 largest school districts in the nation. With a graduation rate of 83.1 percent, significantly higher than the rate for the state of Maryland and for the nation, MCPS tops the Diplomas Count 2010 report, published by Education Week.
I also want to congratulate MCPS students who took the Advanced Placement (AP) and SAT exams this year. Nearly three-quarters of the AP exams taken earned a score of three or higher and SAT scores are expected be the highest in MCPS history.
Finally, congratulations to the class of 2010 for all of its accomplishments! MCPS graduates have secured $232 million in college scholarships; 150 students are National Merit finalist, 46 are National Hispanic Recognition finalists; 12 are National Achievement finalists; 267 are Maryland Distinguished Scholars and 238 are going to Ivy League schools. MCPS students by far are the most prepared students entering college and the workforce.
These impressive outcomes are the result of the hard work put forth by our students, teachers and administrators. Moreover, it is another indicator that validates our commitment to education. Again, congratulations students, teachers and administrators!