Montgomery County high school students have been failing their final exams in math at high rates for five years, according to data released Friday night by school officials.
The new figures are similar to those released several weeks ago for January’s exams, which showed high failure rates across seven high school math courses — with a majority of the 30,000 Montgomery students who took the tests flunking.
But the five years of information released Friday includes data about individual schools and tells what percentage of high school students in the county failed their math courses, as well as the percentage that failed the finals.
In geometry, for instance, the countywide failure rate was 62 percent on the final in January and 16 percent for the course. In Algebra 2, the failure rate was 57 percent on the exam and 12 percent for the course. The test counts for 25 percent of the course grade.
The data highlighted disparities between schools and across racial and income categories. At Wheaton High School, for example, 97 percent of students who took the Algebra 2 exam failed. At Wootton High School, 20 percent failed the test.