BCPS stu­dents show gains in read­ing achieve­ment and col­lege and ca­reer readi­ness

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While more stu­dents in Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Schools made gains in English lan­guage arts and col­lege and ca­reer readi­ness, lit­er­acy de­mands are a clear chal­lenge, ac­cord­ing to data pre­sented to the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion of Bal­ti­more County at their meet­ing on Septem­ber 26, 2017.

“This re­port pro­vides a full, ro­bust pic­ture of stu­dent per­for­mance across as­sess­ments and grade lev­els to guide our next steps,” said BCPS In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Ver­letta White. “We can see the need for lit­er­acy across the dis­ci­plines, and I ap­pre­ci­ate how teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors are al­ready em­brac­ing this pri­or­ity.”

The gains in growth and achieve­ment are de­spite fewer stu­dents deemed ready for Kin­der­garten on the state as­sess­ment, poverty rates that are above state av­er­ages, and higher ex­pec­ta­tions for stu- dent per­for­mance in read­ing and mathematics based on col­lege and ca­reer-ready stan­dards.

The re­port an­a­lyzed stu­dent growth and achieve­ment from Kin­der­garten through Grade 12 on mul­ti­ple mea­sures: the Kin­der­garten Readi­ness As­sess­ment, the Part­ner­ship for As­sess­ment of Readi­ness for Col­lege and Ca­reers, the Mea­sures of Aca­demic Progress, the Pre-Scholas­tic Ap­ti­tude Test, and the SAT – Scholas­tic Ap­ti­tude Test.

Stu­dents in Kin­der­garten through Grade 3 demon­strated con­sis­tent gains in read­ing and mathematics.

In up­per el­e­men­tary (Grades 3-5), achieve­ment in English lan­guage arts im­proved, while math re­sults were mixed. Stu­dents in “Light­house” schools out­per­formed the state av­er­age in both read­ing and mathematics. BCPS Light­house schools were the first to per­son­al­ize learn­ing through in­ten­sive pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment and 1:1 stu­dent de­vices.

Stu­dents in Grades 6-8 in­creased or re­mained sta­ble in English lan­guage arts, but re­sults in mathematics were mixed on one as­sess­ment and showed de­clines on an­other.

Achieve­ment in­creased at Grade 10 in English lan­guage arts for all racial and eth­nic sub­groups. More grad­u­at­ing se­niors took the SAT, and achieve­ment in­creased in ev­i­dence-based read­ing and writ­ing and mathematics over­all and for all sub­groups of stu­dents.

More stu­dents are pre­par­ing for ca­reer suc­cess by tak­ing Ca­reer and Tech­nol­ogy Ed­u­ca­tion (CTE) cour­ses, com­plet­ing CTE path­ways that in­clude rig­or­ous course­work and work-based learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, and meet­ing in­dus­try cer­ti­fi­ca­tion stan­dards.

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