PARCC data for Bal­ti­more County in­di­cates mixed re­sults

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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.

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