According to a PGCPS news release, the school system has received the PARCC results for the English 10, Algebra 1, and Algebra 2 tests. The new PARCC tests were administered for the first time in the spring of this year. Scores for elementary and middle school tests will be released in early December. (Update: Click here to read our story on the PARCC results for grades 3 through 8.)
Tests are scored with on a five-point grading scale, with a score of 4 indicating that expectations were met and 5 indicating that the student exceeded expectations. On the whole, Prince George’s County’s results were poor compared with the statewide results, but some PGCPS subgroups fared better than their peers: For example, 13.4% of African American students in Prince George’s County scored at a Level 4 or 5, compared with 12.8% of African American students statewide.
On the English 10 test, 28.9% of PGCPS students scored a 4 or 5, compared with 39.7% in the state of Maryland. On the Algebra 1 test, 15.1% of county students scored a 4 or 5, compared with 31.2% of students statewide. In Algebra 2, 8.3% scored a 4 or 5, compared with 23.2% of students in the state.
Read the full news release here.
To find a detailed breakdown of scores, including scores by racial/ethnic subgroup and other groups (e.g. FARMs qualifying, English language learners), go to the Maryland Report Card. Find scores for each school system in Maryland by selecting the county or city under the “County” pulldown menu.
Below is a roundup of what major news outlets have to say about the results:
- The Washington Post reports that less than half of the Montgomery County students who took the Algebra and English tests and less than a third of those in Prince George’s County students are considered on track for college and careers, according to the PARCC test results. But deputy superintendent Shawn Joseph pointed out that Prince George’s County scores look better when broken down by racial subgroup: white students in the county outperformed their peers across the state on all three exams, and African American students beat state averages on two of the three exams.
- A news story on WBAL TV shines the spotlight on one middle school in Annapolis: Wiley Bates Middle School, a magnet school for the performing arts. Fully 92% of Algebra 1 students met or exceeded expectations at Bates Middle School, compared with a statewide average of 31%.
- The Baltimore Sun ran a story highlighting the poor performance at Laurel High School. Compared to their peers in PGCPS and in the state of Maryland, students at Laurel High performed poorly on the English 10 and Algebra 1 PARCC tests. About 79% of students at Laurel High failed to meet the benchmarks on the English test, compared with 71% in the county. Less than 11% of students met the standards for Algebra 1, compared with 20% in the county.