PARCC data for Baltimore County indicates mixed results
Baltimore County Public Schools students showed improvement since 2016 in English Language Arts (ELA) in Grades 3–5 and Grade 7, according to 2018 data from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). In addition, the percentage of students who met or exceeded expectations in Mathematics increased since 2016 in Grades 4, 5, and 7. The data were released on Aug. 28 by the Maryland State Department of Education.
Scores declined since 2016 for Grade 3 students in Mathematics and at Grades 6 and 8 in both subjects. Across the state and in BCPS,
scores for assessments required for graduation (ELA 10 and Algebra I) also declined, which the state found was likely due to repeat test takers.
“As we deepen our focus on literacy across the disciplines, I am confident that we will make even more progress to help students meet these rigorous standards,” said BCPS Interim Superintendent Verletta White. “We know from national experts and best practices that we are on the right path with literacy-focused, high-quality instruction. Math literacy will continue to be a strong focus area. We also anticipate that our new organizational structure will serve as another effective strategy to enhance academic performance and accountability through increased instructional coaching and collaboration with parents, teachers, and administrators.”
Superintendent White continued, “We monitor multiple measures of student performance throughout the year, including PARCC, and we will continue analyzing root causes to better understand areas where performance improved and declined. An overview of student performance in BCPS from Kindergarten through Grade 12 will be presented to the Board of Education at its meeting on September 25, 2018.”
State, BCPS, and school-level PARCC data are available on the Maryland State Department of Education’s report card website at MdReportCard.org.