HIGH SCHOOL TEST RESULTS SET NEW BASELINE FOR MARYLAND STUDENTS
Initial PARCC Scores Released in Algebra I, Algebra II and English 10
BALTIMORE (October 27, 2015) – The data released today for Maryland’s new high school assessments set a new baseline that will help to determine if students are on track to graduate ready for college or careers. The data were presented to the Maryland State Board of Education.
Nearly 40 percent of high school students taking the PARCC English 10 assessment last spring scored at a Level 4 and 5 combined – the two highest levels on the PARCC five-point score scale. More than 30 percent of high school students attained Level 4 and 5 combined in algebra I. For high school, achieving Level 4 or 5 indicates readiness for college and is intended to help students avoid the need to take additional coursework before taking credit-bearing courses beyond high school. The scores required to meet these thresholds were determined over the summer by Maryland educators and their peers around the country.
Data files containing local schools’ high school results will be made available by the Maryland State Department of Education on November 5.
“The initial PARCC results represent a new starting line for Maryland students, teachers, and families as we strive to better prepare our students to get on track for success after graduation,” said Interim State Superintendent of Schools Jack R. Smith. “But it is important to recognize that this data is only a snapshot; it’s one additional measure to use when viewing the progress of our students, along with many other factors. This is a challenging assessment, and the data reflects that.”
Also released today was the statewide data for Maryland’s first-ever algebra II test. More than 20 percent of students scored at a Level 4 and 5, combined, on that test.
Significant score differences exist between student subgroups:
Algebra I: Overall, 31.2 percent of students scored at a level 4 and 5 combined; African American students, 12.8 percent scored at a level 4 and 5; Asian students, 62.4 percent scored at a 4 and 5; Hispanic students, 16.8 percent scored at a 4 and 5; White students, 45.2 percent scored at a 4 andr 5; and students of Two or More Races, 38.7 percent scored at a 4 and 5. Among students receiving special services, 5.9 percent of special education students scored at a level 4 and 5 combined; 6.5 percent of limited English proficient students scored at a 4 and 5; and 13.2 percent of students receiving free or reduced price meals (the federal proxy for poverty) scored at a 4 and 5.
HIGH SCHOOL TEST RESULTS SET NEW
BASELINE FOR MARYLAND STUDENTS
English 10: Overall, 39.7 percent of students scored at a level 4 and 5 combined; African American students, 25.2 percent scored at a 4 and 5; Asian students, 62.4 percent scored at a 4 and 5; Hispanic students, 27.5 percent scored at a 4 and 5; White students, 49.8 scored at 4 and 5; Two or More Races, 44.9 scored at a 4 and 5. Among students receiving special services, 7.1 percent of special education students scored a 4 and 5 combined; 2.3 percent of limited English proficient students scored a 4 and 5; and 22.7 of students receiving free or reduced price meals scored a 4 and 5.
Algebra II: Overall, 20.2 percent of students scored at a level 4 and 5 combined; African American students, 5.7 percent scored at a 4 and 5; Asian students, 45.9 percent scored at a 4 and 5; Hispanic students, 11.4 percent scored at a 4 and 5; White students, 26.6 percent scored at a 4 and 5; Two or More Races, 25.2 percent scored at a 4 and 5. Among students receiving special services; 5.7 percent of special education students scored at a 4 and 5; 10.3 percent of limited English proficient students scored at a 4 and 5; and 6.7 percent of students receiving free or reduced price meals scored at a 4
Results from the PARCC assessments will not be used for student, school, or educator accountability this year. In the coming months, the State Board will determine how the data will be used going forward.
PARCC Hits the Reset Button
PARCC results cannot be compared with the Maryland School Assessment (MSA), which the State used for a decade, both because this is a new test and a different test. PARCC is the first assessment aligned to Maryland’s College and Career Ready Standards, which set a higher bar for student learning. The tests go beyond the old “fill in the blank” model of standardized tests by emphasizing the need for students to demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, and clear writing.
These tests also will show growth in student achievement over time. For example, parents and teachers will better be able to determine if students taking the math and reading assessments in third grade are progressing in their understanding of the subject matter when they reach fourth grade and beyond.
The assessment uses a five-point score scale set by Maryland educators and others:
HIGH SCHOOL TEST RESULTS SET NEW
BASELINE FOR MARYLAND STUDENTS
The MSA results were based on the previous academic standards, which have not been in use since 2013-14, or earlier. The MSA had just three performance levels and were set at a less rigorous target. The result: most students were considered proficient in the subject matter when Maryland adopted the plan for higher standards and more advanced assessment in 2010. This pattern of raising standards and creating new assessments has been in place in Maryland since the 1980s.
“Maryland has a history of strengthening standards on a regular basis,” Dr. Smith said. “As the rigor has been raised with each target, our students and teachers have worked to make the grade. The results have served students -- and our State -- very well, as students perform better over time.”
Future PARCC test results will be available sooner as more students are assessed online. More than 82 percent of students took online assessments during the first administration. Paper-pencil assessments are available as needed in the first three years.Enter your text here...
K12 AND HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERS ARE COMMITTED TO HIGHER STANDARDS TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS
ORGANIZATIONS SEE PARCC SCORES SETTING NEW BASELINE FOR GROWTH TO COLLEGE AND CAREER-READINESS
CATONSVILLE, MD - The Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland (PSSAM), the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC), the University System of Maryland (USM) and the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) applaud the first release of state-level, high school results on new state assessments.
Maryland’s public schools and higher education institutions are among the finest in the nation. Higher expectations represent an opportunity for us to continue working together in ways that prepare students for success in the classroom, the workplace and in life.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test results set a new baseline for academic growth and make more meaningful connections to post-secondary education and career success. We are committed to higher standards and want to emphasize that lower than expected scores on state tests are not cause for alarm.
With new standards and new assessments, it is not possible to make comparisons to previous test administrations. The Maryland College and Career Ready (K-12) Standards for these tests are more challenging and better prepare students for postsecondary education and employment.
All 24 of Maryland’s public school systems are fully implementing higher standards and new state exams that will show each student’s readiness for the next grade and academic growth over time. Maryland has a history of raising the bar and our students always grow to meet and exceed expectations with support from great educators and engaged parents.