Ocean City Today

Worcester County tops state scores for PARCC testing

By Kara Hallissey | Aug 31, 2017

(Sept. 1, 2017) For the third consecutive year, Worcester County public school students led the state in college and career readiness in a number of grade levels as well as exceeding state averages on their Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test results.

In English, more than 58 percent of all students in grades three through eight received a combined score of four or five, which are the two highest levels on the PARCC five-point scale and determines how a student is progressing toward being ready for college or a career.

These scores were more than 17 percentage points above the state’s average.

For Worcester County high school students, 55.9 percent who took the test in English

10 received a level four or five, which was a four percent jump from last year and above the state average of 49.3 percent.

In mathematics, 48.6 percent of students in grades three through eight demonstrated they were going in the right direction, which is more than 15 percentage points above the state average.

Worcester County high school students were more than 13 percentage points above the state average and 49.8 percent of students scored at a level of four or five in Algebra I.

“I am incredibly proud of our students and faculty who have achieved such success in the newly released student assessment results,” Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor said in a release. “The remarkable performance by students across our county certainly validates the diligence and dedication of our educators.”

Nearly 60 percent of third graders, 59 percent of fourth grade students and more than 60 percent of fifth grade students received a level of four or five in English. In these assessments, students scored higher than their counterparts in every other county in the state.

In addition, 66 percent of third graders received a four or five in mathematics, which was 0.4 points away from topping all other county scores in the state.

Also leading the state, were eighth graders, with 45.7 percent of students demonstrating they were college and career ready in mathematics, which was a nearly seven percent jump from last year and well above the state average of 16.8 percent. In English, 55.8 percent of eighth graders received a score of four or five. The state average was 38.9 percent.

Seventh graders also outperformed other counties in Maryland by wide margins with 61.8 percent of students scoring in the levels of four or five, which is nearly 19 percentage points above the state average. In mathematics, 42.3 percent of seventh graders reached a college and career readiness score. The state average was 25.3 percent.

“It is because of the strong partnership among our students and their families, our teachers, school and administrative leaders that resulted in these high levels of achievement,” Taylor said. “Additionally, we could not achieve these results without the unwavering support from our Board of Education and County Commissioners.”

All PARCC data can be viewed on the Maryland Department of Education’s report card website at www.mdreportcard.org.

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