Scores up in English Lan­guage Arts for BCPS

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Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Schools stu­dents showed im­prove­ment on the English Lan­guage Arts as­sess­ment in Grades 3 to 7 and Grade 10, ac­cord­ing to 2017 data from the Part­ner­ship for As­sess­ment of Readi­ness for Col­lege and Ca­reers (PARCC). There was a slight de­crease of 0.1 per­cent­age in English Lan­guage Arts in Grade 8.

As seen in statewide scores, BCPS re­sults for Math­e­mat­ics were mixed, with slight in­creases at Grades 4 and 6.

The data was re­leased by the Mary­land State De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

“What’s most en­cour­ag­ing is that our orig­i­nal 10 el­e­men- tary Light­house schools out­per­formed both BCPS and the State in English Lan­guage Arts and Math­e­mat­ics at Grades 3 to 5. These schools have had the sup­port of a dig­i­tal cur­ricu­lum, pro­fes­sional learn­ing for teach­ers on stu­dent en­gage­ment and per­son­al­iza­tion, and 1:1 stu­dent de­vices since fall 2014,” said BCPS In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Ver­letta White. “Clearly, our work to meet in­di­vid­ual stu­dent needs is pay­ing off.”

Su­per­in­ten­dent White con­tin­ued, “While we are happy to see progress to­ward col­lege and ca­reer readi­ness in English Lan­guage Arts, we are com­mit­ted to pre­par­ing stu­dents for to­day’s math­e­mat­i­cal stan­dards and prac­tices, which re­quire not just prob­lem solv­ing, but read­ing, un­der­stand­ing, an­a­lyz­ing, syn­the­siz­ing, and writ­ing. This year’s pri­or­i­ties will help stu­dents de­velop these skills by strength­en­ing lit­er­acy across the con­tent ar­eas, as well as build­ing re­la­tion­ships and pro­vid­ing wrap­around ser­vices that sup­port pos­i­tive school cli­mates.”

In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing more op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to solve com­plex math­e­mat­i­cal prob­lems, the Of­fice of Math­e­mat­ics will con­tinue sup­port­ing pro­fes­sional learn­ing for lead teach­ers. Out­reach strate­gies to sup­port math learn­ing at home in­clude a new blog, work­shops, and more on­line re­sources.

Grade 10 stu­dents in­creased the most in English Lan­guage Arts —4.1 per­cent­age points, from 42% to 46.1%—with gains seen across the sys­tem’s three largest racial and eth­nic groups: White, Black, and His­panic stu­dents.

Scores for el­e­men­tary stu- dents in­creased 2 per­cent­age points, from 37.1% to 39.1%, in English Lan­guage Arts, in­clud­ing gains for White, Black, and His­panic stu­dents.

Also in English Lan­guage Arts at the mid­dle school level, scores in­creased 0.8 per­cent­age point, from 32.9% to 33.7%. Most racial and eth­nic groups made gains, but scores for His­panic stu­dents de­creased 1.5 per­cent­age points.

The PARCC ex­ams are con­sid­er­ably more rig­or­ous than the Mary­land School As­sess­ment tests they re­placed in 2015, and are de­signed to pro­vide stu­dents, par­ents, and teach­ers a bet­ter idea of where stu­dents stand in re­gard to col­lege and ca­reer readi­ness. PARCC scores are not be­ing used for ed­u­ca­tor, school, or sys­tem-level ac­count­abil­ity pur­poses at this time.

State, BCPS, and schoollevel PARCC data are avail­able on the Mary­land State De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion’s report card web­site at MdRe­portCard.org.

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