PARCC high school assessment results by county released

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High School TestingIf you are wondering how your county schools did on the new state high school assessment, the PARCC results by county have been released by the Maryland State Board of Education.

On a Statewide basis, nearly 40 percent of high school students taking the PARCC English 10 assessment last spring scored at a Level 4 and 5 combined – the two highest levels on the PARCC five-point score scale. More than 30 percent of high school students attained Level 4 and 5 combined in Algebra I. For high school, achieving Level 4 or 5 indicates readiness for college and is intended to help students avoid the need to take additional coursework before taking credit-bearing courses beyond high school.

Also released today was data for Maryland's first-ever Algebra II test. More than 20 percent of students across the state scored at a Level 4 and 5, combined, on that test.

Here are the results by county.

Anne Arundel County PARCC results

Anne Arundel County Public Schools students who took high school level PARCC exams last year outperformed their counterparts across the state on the Algebra I assessment, were on par in English 10, and lagged behind in Algebra II, according to the first results of the assessments released today.

On both the Algebra I and English 10 exams, 39% of students scored a 4 or 5. Statewide, 31.2% of students scored a 4 or 5 on the Algebra I assessment, while 39.7% did so in English 10. On the Algebra II exam, 15.4% of county students scored a 4 or 5, compared to 20.2% statewide.

"What we have here is a single piece of data, and a starting point for the journey of helping our students rise to the challenge of competing in a dynamic and ever-changing global economy," Superintendent George Arlotto said. "We will learn from these results, but we will not be defined by these data points alone. We will be defined by how and where we move students going forward, just as we saw with the previous High School Assessments."

Arlotto went on to say: "I would equate the meaning of today's scores to high jumpers on a track and field team. All of the jumpers may have been able to clear the bar at 5 feet, but fewer can clear it instantly at the new height of 6 feet. It is our challenge now to train and support our students so that they can reach the new height."

Algebra I
The brightest spots came in county middle schools, where no school had fewer than 52% of its students score a 4 or 5. Led by Bates Middle School's 92.2%, 10 of the county's 19 comprehensive middle schools saw more than 80% of their test-takers score a 4 or 5.

"The fact that middle school students led the way on the Algebra I assessment is something we need to look at very, very closely," Dr. Arlotto said. "We need to determine what factors in our curriculum and instructional approaches led to these results, and see how and where we can replicate them."

Algebra II
Three of the county's 12 comprehensive high schools, led by Severna Park High School's 31.1%, had a higher percentage of test-takers score a 4 or 5 than the state average, and 39.1% of Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School test-takers did so.

All five county middle school students who took the Algebra II assessments scored a 4 or 5.

English 10
Nine of the county's 12 comprehensive high schools, led by Broadneck High School's 58.3%, had a higher percentage of test-takers score a 4 or 5 than the state average, and 64.8% of Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School students did so.

Click here for complete Anne Arundel County results, including school-by-school and student group breakdowns of each assessment.

Calvert County PARCC results

"We are so glad to finally receive the results of the tests that we saw for the first time last spring," said Daniel Curry, superintendent of Calvert County schools. "Our teachers, principals and subject area specialists are eager to dig in to the details and make adjustments so that we can improve our performance next year."

On the English assessment, over half of Calvert County Public Schools 10th graders – 51.5% –scored at a Level 4 and 5 combined, compared to 39.7% in Maryland.

Calvert County Public Schools continues to align its curriculum with the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards. In math, the process began at the elementary level and is progressing through the high school courses. This sequence of alignment was chosen to ensure that students have the prerequisite knowledge prior to beginning a course.

"It's important to note that we did not fall behind in the curricular transition," Curry said. "Math is a foundational subject, and it was most responsible to build a curriculum with students in mind. We have not yet introduced a revised Algebra 2 curriculum aligned with Common Core, which explains our Algebra 2 results. The new sequence calls for Geometry to follow Algebra I, and that is our focus this year. Our plan, established a few years ago, introduces the revised Algebra II curriculum in the FY17 school year."

On the Algebra 1 assessment, 29.4% of students scored at a Level 4 and 5 combined, compared to 31.2% in Maryland.

On Maryland's first-ever Algebra 2 assessment, 6.5% of students scored at a Level 4 and 5 combined, compared to 20.2% in Maryland.

Click next below for more Howard, Prince George's and Queen Anne's county results.

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