Stu­dents to start sec­ond round of PARCC test­ing



— County stu­dents will start tak­ing the state-man­dated PARCC



tests for the sec­ond time this April — al­beit in a more stream­lined for­mat.

Mary­land be­gan ad­min­is­trat­ing the Part­ner­ship for the As­sess­ment of Readi- ness for Col­lege and Ca­reer (PARCC) test to stu­dents in grades three through eight and high school for the first time last year. But af­ter school dis­tricts raised con- cerns about the length of last year’s tests, this year’s tests were sig­nif­i­cantly short­ened.

The two English lan­guage arts and math­e­mat­ics test­ing win­dows were com­bined into one 30-day win­dow, the num­ber of test sec­tions a stu­dent takes was re­duced and over­all test­ing time was cut by about 90 min­utes for each grade.

Ce­cil County’s PARCC 30-day test­ing win­dow runs from Mon­day to May 24, though schools and stu­dents may not need all of those days.

The PARCC tests don’t yet count as a grad­u­a­tion re­quire­ment as the state board has yet to de­ter­mine pro­fi­ciency scores. The test has five per­for­mance lev­els and while a score of a four or five in­di­cates col­lege and ca­reer readi­ness, this dif­fers from pro­fi­ciency.

Dur­ing the first year of PARCC test­ing less than half of Mary­land stu­dents scored a four or five on the math and English lan­guage arts tests. Ce­cil County stu­dents didn’t fare much bet­ter, though county high school­ers did bet­ter than their el­e­men­tary and mid­dle school coun­ter­parts.

On the el­e­men­tary level, 24.7 per­cent of Ce­cil County stu­dents scored a four or five in math while 29.3 per­cent did so in lan­guage arts. Statewide, 29 per­cent of stu­dents met stan­dards in math and 38.9 per­cent met stan­dards in lan­guage arts.

On the high school level, 34 per­cent of stu­dents met stan­dards for al­ge­bra I, 19 per­cent met stan­dards for al­ge­bra II and 37.4 per­cent met stan­dards for the 10th grade English test. At the state level, the av­er­age per­cent of stu­dents who met stan­dards was 31.2, 20.2 and 39.7, re­spec­tively.

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