Maryland students post mixed results on PARCC standardized test

WASHINGTON — The results are in from the latest round of Maryland-wide testing for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, known as PARCC.

In its third year in Maryland, PARCC testing measures whether students in grades three to 11 are learning as much as they should in reading and math — and whether they are on track to succeed in higher education or in the workforce.

The latest results show that fewer than half the third-graders in Montgomery County — 47.5 percent — met or exceeded expectations in English/language arts. Montgomery County third-graders’ scores in math are higher: 54.3 percent exceeded or met expectations.

About 43.4 percent of Montgomery County high school Algebra I students met or exceeded expectations, while 80.8 percent of Algebra II students met or exceeded expectations.

Prince George’s County Public Schools’ third- through fifth-graders showed the most growth on the PARCC tests in English and math, officials said.

Just over 28 percent of Prince George’s County third-graders met or exceeded expectations in English/language arts; about 26.8 percent met or exceeded expectations in math.

Among Prince George’s County high school students, less than 20 percent of Algebra I students met or exceeded expectations; around 5 percent of Algebra II students met or exceeded expectations.

Other PARCC test results:

  • More than half of Montgomery County eighth graders — 53 percent — did not meet expectations in math.
  • Among Prince George’s County eighth graders, over 45 percent did not meet expectations in math.
  • For Prince George’s County, 27.5 percent of 10th graders met or exceeded expectations in English/language arts.
  • Among Montgomery County 10th-graders, female students exceeded expectations in English/language arts at a rate far higher than males: 34 percent vs. 23.3 percent, respectively.
  • In Prince George’s County, female 10th-graders were also more likely than boys to meet or exceed English/language arts expectations: 34.4 percent vs. about 20 percent, respectively.

See more Montgomery County and Prince George’s County PARCC results on Maryland’s Education Department website.

WTOP’s Jack Pointer contributed to this report.


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