Sophomores at Washington High Demonstrate Growth On Fall Reading Assessment

PRINCESS ANNE, MD, November 11, 2022 – Students entering 10th Grade at Washington Academy & High School (WAHS) demonstrated remarkable growth in the recent fall 2022 NWEA Reading MAP assessment from the previous testing window. Fall 2022 scores for Washington Academy & High School’s Sophomore class improved by 23 percentage points, with 71% of students scoring “average”, “high average” and “high;” compared to just 48% in the spring of the 2021-2022 academic year. 
The Reading MAP Growth Assessment is administered three times per year to students in grades 2-12 throughout Somerset County Public Schools (SCPS). A critical tool in measuring academic growth and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, MAP scores are providing educators in Somerset with actionable data to inform instructional strategies. 
Brandon Austin, Instructional Facilitator for English / Language Arts at WAHS credits the growth in student performance to the implementation of a new, goal-oriented approach where students held themselves accountable using test score data. Austin shared, “This school year, we placed more of an emphasis on setting MAP score goals. Students set a MAP score goal based on what they believed they could accomplish for the fall. As students finished the test, we saw many pulling out their goals sheets to make note of their new score. It was rewarding to see our students holding themselves accountable!”
Austin also believes that a change in test administration procedures this fall also impacted scores. In years past, the test was taken in segments over a period of days. This year, all students tested together in the school auditorium in one day, allowing students to prepare for and focus within a more finite window of time. WAHS’ English department is optimistic to see the trend continue with the school’s 8th and 9th Grade classes for the spring of 2023 testing window. 

 classroom with students on computers and female teacher speaking to two students

10th Grade English Teacher at Washington Academy & High School (WAHS), Ms. Shawna Fontaine, explains an assignment to sophomores in her class. Fontaine and fellow 10th Grade English teacher at WAHS, Mr. David Edwards’ (not pictured) classes demonstrated remarkable growth in the recent fall 2022 NWEA Reading MAP assessment since the spring of 2021.