Maryland State Department of Education Releases Maryland School Assessment Results
HAGERSTOWN, MD (July 10, 2012) – Twenty-five of 32 elementary and middle schools met 2012 Maryland School Assessment (MSA) performance targets for math and reading, in as many as 19 subgroups, according to results released today by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The few schools not meeting all targets missed in three or fewer subgroups, and in some cases by just one student. This data marks the first under Maryland’s recently granted flexibility regarding the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law.
The seven schools not meeting the new school progress targets for 2012 are Clear Spring Middle School, Springfield Middle School, Eastern Elementary School, Fountaindale Elementary School, Hickory Elementary School, Maugansville Elementary School and Pangborn Elementary School.
“The targets under Maryland’s Flexibility Plan are more realistic and are no longer a one-size fits all approach,” said Rick Akers, WCPS director for high schools and student services. “Rigorous, but feasible new targets have been established based on 2011 student performance for each subgroup within each school. Schools that made steady progress, but struggled with meeting state-wide targets in the past will now be recognized for their improvement.”
“While student reading proficiency held steady in most grades for 2012, student math proficiency increased in almost every grade as compared to last year, hitting all-time high proficiencies in several grades,” said Steve Wernick, WCPS director for elementary education. “There were several schools that experienced 10+ percentage point gain in at least one grade in math or reading. We are pleased with this progress; however we have already begun working toward significant gains for next year.”
This past year, student math proficiency increased in grades 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8, and hit all-time highs in grades 5, 6 and 7. The percentages of students scoring advanced also increased in each of these grades.
Official MSA results can be viewed online at www.mdreportcard.org.