Charles County PARCC scores mostly improve, trail state
Algebra I scores decline
More students in Charles County Public Schools met or exceeded expectations in assessments last year, but Charles County continues to trail state averages.
The Maryland State Department of Education released scores Tuesday afternoon for district and school results in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, assessment.
The PARCC was given to students for the second year last spring. PARCC replaces the Maryland State Assessment (MSA) and High School Assessment (HSA) previously given.
“The PARCC results provide a valuable tool that our educators can use to strengthen classroom instruction,” Karen Salmon, Maryland superintendent of schools, said in a news release. “When combined with other assessment data and evidence of performance, teachers can tailor their efforts to individual student needs.”
The PARCC assessment uses a five-point scale, with Level 1, the lowest score, representing Did Not Yet Meet Expectations, and Level 4 and 5 representing Met and Exceeded Expectations, respectively. School scores are based on the percentage of students scoring Level 4 or higher on the PARCC.
Overall, 42.2 percent of CCPS high school students taking the English/ Language Arts 10 exam scored Level 4 or higher, indicating they met or exceeded expectations on the exam. That is higher than 31 percent from last year, and close to the 44.4 percent state average.
On the Algebra I exam, 29.6 percent of students met or exceeded expectations, down from last year’s 31.2 percent and trailing the state’s 35.6 percent average.
On the Algebra II exam, 9.4 percent of CCPS students met or exceeded expectations, twice last year’s score of 4.7 percent but still well behind the state average of 26.8 percent.
On the English/Language Arts 11 exam, not administered last year, 31.3 percent of students met or exceeded expectations, while 37.3 percent of student met or exceeded expectations statewide.
The PARCC differs slightly from the old HSA in that the tests are given to students based on subject, rather than grade level.
This means advanced students taking Algebra I in middle school take the PARCC Algebra I test prior to attending high school.
These numbers from last spring’s test are the last without PARCC being a graduation requirement. The Maryland State Board of Education announced in April that beginning this school year, students must score at least 725 – the minimum for Level 3, Approaching Expectations – in both English 10 and Algebra I, or have a combined score of 1,450, to meet the graduation requirements.
The requirements will rise slightly each year until the 2019-2020 school year, when students must score at least 750 – the minimum for Level 4 – in both English 10 and Algebra I, or have a combined score of 1500, to meet the graduation requirements.
Students who do not meet the requirements may retake the tests, or they may meet the graduation requirements through alternate means, including scoring at a certain level on the SAT, ACT, IB, or PARCC English 11 or Algebra II tests, or through the Bridge Plan for Academic Validation, Maryland’s project-based assessment.
Amongst CCPS elementry students, 36.4 percent met or exceeded expectations on the English/ Language Arts exam, up from 32 percent last year, but trailing the state score of 38.7 percent.
Likewise, 33.1 percent of elementary and middle school students met or exceeded expectations on the mathematics exam, up from 25.3 percent last year, but slightly behind the state average of 33.7 percent.
More details can be found at www.mdreportcard.org.