County PARCC scores show some gains, most trail state

High school math scores im­prove, 10th grade English de­clines slightly

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com

Some Charles County stan­dard­ized test scores have in­creased since last year, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion re­leased this week by the Mary­land State Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, but most grades con­tinue to trail the state.

Tues­day af­ter­noon, MSDE re­leased school and dis­trict re­sults for the Part­ner­ship for As­sess­ment of Readi­ness for Col­lege and Ca­reers, or PARCC.

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, 40.8 per­cent of Charles County Pub­lic Schools stu­dents tak­ing the English/Lan­guage Arts 10 exam scored Level 4 or higher, a slight de­crease over last year’s 42.2 per­cent. In English/ Lan­guage Arts 11, scores dropped from 31.3 per­cent met or ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions in 2016 to 15.8 per­cent in 2017.

Statewide, 49.3 per­cent of stu­dents met or ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions in English/Lan­guage Arts 10, and 24.6 per­cent met or ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions in English/ Lan­guage Arts 11.

On the Al­ge­bra I exam, 33.6 per­cent met or ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions; last year, 29.6 per­cent of stu­dents tak­ing the exam met or ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions. In Al­ge­bra II, scores in­creased from 9.4 per­cent met or ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions in 2016 to 47.6 per­cent in 2017.

Statewide, Al­ge­bra I scores were higher, with 36.5 per­cent met or ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions, while only 27.3 per­cent met or ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions in Al­ge­bra II statewide.

Charles County’s el­e­men­tary and mid­dle school math scores trailed statewide scores by 1.1 to 6.2 per­cent­age points across all grades.

In fifth grade English, 46 per­cent of CCPS stu­dents met or ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions, which was higher than the statewide av­er­age of 41.4 per­cent, and Charles County tied the state in eighth grade English, at 38.9 per­cent, but in other grades trailed the state av­er­age from 0.6 to 8.5 per­cent­age points.

More in­for­ma­tion can be found at mdreport­card.org.

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