County and school PARCC assessment results released

students learning w3County and school-level results are in for the second year of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests administred in Maryland schools last spring.

Student subgroup data was also released on a state, system and school basis. It follows the release of the Maryland state results on the PARCC assessment last month.

“The PARCC results provide a valuable tool that our educators can use to strengthen classroom instruction,” said Dr. Karen Salmon, state superintendent of schools. “When combined with other assessment data and evidence of performance, teachers can tailor their efforts to individual student needs.”

Statewide mathematics results had modest overall gains, while the English/language arts test scores showed little change. The PARCC exams are considerably more rigorous than the Maryland School Assessment tests they replaced in 2015.

Scores on the PARCC Assessment are not being used for student, educator, school or system-level accountability purposes at this time. Maryland is currently in the midst of reviewing and revising its accountability system, under the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

PARCC assessments are scored on a five-point scale, with level 1 set as not meeting expectations and level 5 as exceeding expectations.

Click next below for Anne Arundel County School System results.

Anne Arundel County Public School PARCC results

In Anne Arundel County, twice as many high school students as a year ago earned a score of 4 or 5 — high enough to be designated as on track for college and career readiness — on the second round of PARCC Algebra I assessments, according to the new results. The increase was the highest among a series of gains on the PARCC math assessments. More than 20 percent of high school students taking the Algebra I assessment earned a 4 or 5.

At the elementary level, more than 45 percent of students in grades 3 through 5 — a 4.1 percentage point increase from a year ago — earned a 4 or 5 on the math assessment, and 29.3 percent of students — 1.2 percentage points more than a year ago — reached the mark at the middle school level.

The lone drop in math came on the Algebra I assessment for middle school students, where the percentage of students earning a 4 or 5 was a system-high 78.2, but was 1.4 points lower than last year.

Overall, the percentage of AACPS students earning a 4 or 5 outpaced the state average in English and Math at every grade level except eighth-grade math.

“The PARCC assessments are far more rigorous than their predecessors, and these data points give us one more set of indicators of our progress as we move our students to a place where they are all college and career ready,” Superintendent George Arlotto said. “While two years of data does not establish any long-term trend, it does give us information to put to use as we seek to help teachers elevate all students and eliminate all gaps.”

Bates Middle School repeated its stellar performance on the Algebra I assessment from a year ago, when 92.2 percent of students earned a 4 or 5. This year, 10 percent more Bates students took the Algebra I assessments and the percentage of students earning a 4 or 5 rose to 98.

On the English 10 assessment, 45.5 percent of high school students — 6.5 percentage points more than a year ago — earned a 4 or 5. The percentage of students earning that mark in elementary and middle school fell by 0.9 and 2.3 points, respectively.

Click here for a breakdown of results by student groups, ages and schools in Anne Arundel County.

Click next below for Howard County School System results.

Howard County Public School PARCC results

Howard County public school students continue to perform at levels that significantly outpace their peers across Maryland. Overall scores in nearly every category showed measurable improvement over the prior year.

“PARCC scores provide valuable insight into student growth over time, and help teachers and parents monitor and support academic achievement,” said Superintendent Renee A. Foose. “The steady improvement in our students’ scores underscores our progress in preparing students for lifelong success.”

Testing at the elementary and middle school levels includes English/language arts (ELA) and mathematics. In this second year of PARCC testing, ELA results held steady for Grades 3–5 with 54 percent of students achieving at levels 4 and 5 combined, 14.9 percentage points above the state average of 39.1 percent.

At 53.5 percent, ELA results for Grades 6–8 outpaced the state average by 15.1 percentage points, and showed improvement of 3.7 percentage points over 2015 results.

In mathematics, 57.2 percent of HCPSS elementary students performed at levels 4 and 5 combined, a rise of 7.1 percentage points above scores last year and outpacing the 39.3 percent Maryland average by nearly 18 percentage points.

Middle school mathematics scores also showed significant improvement, with 50.7 percent of students achieving or exceeding college readiness targets, compared to 45.9 percent last year. Middle school grade level math scores are not comparable at the state level, because a large proportion of students begin advanced level mathematics in these grades, and course sequence practices vary widely among school systems.

Test results at the high school level show HCPSS students making rapid gains in mathematics and ELA achievement, and continuing to outpace their Maryland peers. Participation in PARCC Algebra I and English 10 tests are required to meet Maryland graduation requirements.

On the Algebra I assessment, 56.7 percent of HCPSS students achieved at levels 4 and 5 combined, an improvement of 10.8 percentage points over last year, and 21.1 percentage points above the state average.

On the English 10 assessment, 58.8 percent of HCPSS are at levels 4 and 5 combined, an increase by 13.6 percentage points over the prior year, and exceeding the Maryland average by 14.4 percentage points.

Click next below for Prince George's County School System results.

Prince George's County Pubic School PARCC results

Prince George’s County Public Schools made slight gains on most of the second round of PARCC tests.

Students improved on all but two PARCC tests included in accountability measures (third through eighth grade and 10th grade English language arts, third through eighth grade mathematics and Algebra I).

Overall performance improved in elementary and middle school English Language Arts by 1.7 percentage point and mathematics by 2.5 percentage points. Among high school course tests, 10th grade English and Algebra 1 results rose 3 percentage points and 1.2 percentage points respectively, but Algebra II results declined by 5.5 percentage points.

“Though slight, these gains are encouraging. We expect that more students will meet this significantly higher bar over time,” said Chief Executive Officer Kevin M. Maxwell. “Our performance is moving in the right direction, thanks to the hard work of teachers, principals and staff throughout the system. We are still focused on improving our overall performance levels. We will continue investing in resources that prepare all students for higher education and the workplace.”

An estimated 26 percent of elementary and middle school students met or exceeded standards on the English language arts test, and approximately 17 percent in math. At the high school level, approximately 32 percent passed the 10th grade English language arts test and 16 percent passed Algebra I.

Visit the 2016 Maryland Report Card website for more details on county's and schools.