by Lori Morrow
Results for the PARCC Assessments taken in Spring 2017 were the main discussion item at the PGCPS Board of Education meeting on September 19, 2017. PARCC stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. It is a set of annual tests in English/Language Arts and Mathematics that students take in grades 3-12 during April and May. More information about PARCC can be found online at https://parcc.pearson.com or www.pgcps.org/parcc.
- PARCC tests for grades 3-8 meet school accountability requirements. Tests for Algebra and English 10 are used to meet high school graduation requirements: http://www1.pgcps.org/graduation-requirements/#Graduation%20Requirements%20-%20Graduating%20Class%20of%202018%20through%202020
- The Maryland State Department of Education released this year’s PARCC scores near the end of August 2017. Results for all state, county and individual school results are available online at http://reportcard.msde.maryland.gov.
- All students who took PARCC tests should receive individual score sheets from their schools. If you have not received your results, contact your school’s Testing Coordinator. Information about understanding the score sheets is online at www.pgcps.org/parcc. Dr. Goldson mentioned that PGCPS will not be presenting “PARCC Nights” like previous years due to low attendance during the 2016-17 School Year.
- Throughout the presentation there are references to the College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 in explaining the use of the Algebra 2, Geometry, and English 11 PARCC tests. In a broad sense, the law requires schools to measure college readiness in Math and English before students complete their junior year. Here is the law: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=billpage&stab=01&id=sb0740&tab=subject3&ys=2013rs
- Here is a 2014 article about the law: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/01/07/marylands-ambitious-college-completion-law-gets-rolling
PARCC RESULTS PRESENTATION:
- Slides for the Sept 19th presentation by Dr. Monica Goldson and the PGCPS Curriculum chairs are online at http://www.boarddocs.com/mabe/pgcps/Board.nsf/files/AR6T6E6E8C99/$file/BOE%20PARCC%20Final%20(3).pdf
Dr. Goldson’s presentation begins with the overview and Elementary School Scores: https://youtu.be/o9T65Q9I83U?list=PL4585E4C6234DE895&t=1620
- Grades 3-5: Increases in all ELA/Math scores by grade except for a decrease for Math 5. Despite increases, PGCPS is still well below the state average for both assessments. For all demographics, students did better on ELA than they did for Math. Most demographic subgroups showed improvement from SY2016 to SY2017.
Middle School Scores: https://youtu.be/o9T65Q9I83U?list=PL4585E4C6234DE895&t=1944
- Grades 6-8: Slight decrease for student performance in grades 6-8 on both ELA and Mathematics assessments. The only increase in results was at Grade 7, which was due to clarification from MSDE that students should take the assessment for their grade level. All demographic subgroups did better on ELA assessments than they did in Math. Asian and white students outperformed African American students, but it also must be noted that the number of African American students in PGCPS significantly exceeds the number of Asian and white students. Most groups at the middle school level showed minimal growth or a slight decrease.