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State MSA assessment shows drop in reading and math

msde logowithoutborderMaryland students’ scores dipped on the Maryland School Assessment in 2013, as classrooms across the state began implementing new learning standards, according to data released today by the Maryland State Department of Education.

The percentage of elementary students scoring at the proficient levels in reading fell slightly from 88.2 percent in 2012 to 86.4 percent this year, while the percentage of elementary students scoring in the proficient levels in mathematics dropped from 87.7 to 83.9 percent. The percentage of middle school students scoring at proficient levels in reading improved from 82.1 percent in 2012 to 83.4 percent this year, while mathematics scores in the proficient range fell from 76.2 to 72.2 percent.

The results speak directly to the changes that have been taking place in Maryland public school classrooms, and those across the country. Similar testing results have been recorded in other states this year.

“We are in a transition period, both in Maryland and throughout the nation,” said State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery. “Maryland schools have been implementing the Common Core State Standards in reading and mathematics, but new assessments aligned to the curriculum will not be ready for use until the 2014-15 school year. This misalignment will certainly affect our scores this year and next.”

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