Maryland schools fared well on MSA exams even as learning standards evolve, according to new data released today by the Maryland State Department of Education.
More than six in 10 elementary and middle schools made their rising school progress targets for 2013, despite increasing targets and transitioning to the Common Core State Standards. The standards will not be aligned to the assessments until the 2014-15 school year.
“Improving schools – whether they are struggling or schools that have historically performed well – is a difficult proposition that doesn’t take place overnight or over a year,” said State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery. “Our school systems are committed to the task because they understand the goal: All Maryland students deserve classrooms that prepare them for a better future.”
School Progress and School Progress Index data was released today for elementary and middle schools during the Maryland State Board of Education meeting. Also released were the 2013 results on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) for Science, which found fifth grade scores falling slightly, while slight improvement was registered on the eighth grade exam.
The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires annual assessment on science at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Maryland tests students on the MSA science exam at the fifth and eighth grade level, and assesses biology students in high school. Results on the biology exam will be released later this fall along with other high school data.