Maryland elementary and middle school PARCC results released

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testing kidsLess than half of Maryland students in grades 3-8 are ready to move on to the next grade level according to the results of the PARCC English and math assessments presented to the Maryland State Board of Education today.

The data sets a new baseline that will help to gauge whether students are on track for the next grade, according to a press release from the State Board of Education.

Nearly 40 percent of students in grades 3-8 taking the PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy Assessments last spring scored at a Level 4 and 5 combined – the two highest levels on the PARCC five-point score scale. Nearly 30 percent of elementary and middle school students attained Level 4 and 5 combined in the mathematics assessment.

For students in grades 3 through 8, achieving Level 4 or 5 indicates readiness for coursework in English and math at the next grade, with the goal of preparing students to enter college or career upon graduation. The scores required to meet these thresholds were determined over the summer by Maryland educators and their peers around the country.

“These initial results provide a new springboard for Maryland students, as we continue our work to better prepare them for what lies ahead,” said Interim State Superintendent of Schools Jack R. Smith. “We have set the bar high, and this data reflects that. These results should be viewed in combination with other measures when assessing student progress.”

The initial score results for elementary and middle school mirror those released earlier for the PARCC high school assessments in English 10, algebra I and algebra II. Nearly 40 percent of high school students taking the PARCC English 10 assessment last spring scored at a Level 4 and 5 combined, while more than 30 percent of high school students attained Level 4 and 5 combined in algebra I. More than 20 percent of students scored at a Level 4 and 5, combined, on the new algebra II test.

Test results show some variations between grades. Eighth grade English scores were the best, with 40.4 percent of students scoring a 4 or 5, while sixth grade scores were the lowest, with 36.1 percent of students scoring a 4 or 5. Variations were more pronounced in mathematics, where 36.4 percent of third graders scored 4 or 5 in mathematics, but just 21.3 percent of seventh graders scored a 4 or 5.

Significant score differences exist between student subgroups.

PARCC Mathematics, Grades 3-8

  • Overall, 29 percent of students scored at a level 4 and 5 combined
  • African American students, 13 percent scored at a level 4 and 5
  • Asian students, 60.7 percent scored at a 4 and 5
  • Hispanic students, 16.1 percent scored at a 4 and 5
  • White students, 42.4 percent scored at a 4 and 5
  • Students of Two or More Races, 34.3 percent scored at a 4 and 5
  • Special education students, 5.5 percent of s scored at a level 4 and 5
  • Limited English proficient students, 4.7 percent of scored at a 4 and 5
  • Students receiving free or reduced price meals (the federal proxy for poverty), 12.9 percent of scored at a 4 and 5.

PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy:

  • Overall, 38.9 percent of students scored at a level 4 and 5 combined
  • African American students, 22.7 percent scored at a 4 and 5
  • Asian students, 65.3 percent scored at a 4 and 5
  • Hispanic students, 24.4 percent scored at a 4 and 5
  • White students, 52.4 scored at 4 and 5
  • Two or More Races, 46 percent scored at a 4 and 5
  • Special education students, 6.3 percent scored a 4 and 5
  • Students with limited English, 3.1 percent of scored a 4 and 5
  • Students receiving free or reduced price meals, 20.3 of scored a 4 and 5

Results from the PARCC assessments will not be used for student or educator accountability this year. In the coming months, the State Board will determine how the data will be used going forward.

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