Calvert County, MD – The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has released local high school data from the 2015 administration of the PARCC assessments. This release follows the public presentation of state-level data on October 27, 2015. The results set a new baseline that will help to determine if students are on track to graduate ready for college or careers.

Dr. Daniel Curry, Superintendent, said, “We are so glad to finally receive the results of the tests that we saw for the first time last spring. Our teachers, principals and subject area specialists are eager to dig in to the details and make adjustments so that we can improve our performance next year.”

Students enrolled in English 10, Algebra 1, and Algebra 2 took the PARCC assessments last spring. Students will receive individual scores, but scores will not be used for student or educator accountability this year. In the coming months, the State Board will determine how the data will be used going forward.
The assessment uses a five-point score scale set by Maryland educators and others:

  • Level 5 – Exceeded Expectations
  • Level 4 – Met Expectations
  • Level 3 – Approached Expectations
  • Level 2 – Partially Met Expectations
  • Level 1 – Did Not Yet Meet Expectations

At this time, MSDE defines scores at Levels 4 and 5 as demonstrating readiness for college or careers.

On the English assessment, over half of Calvert County Public Schools 10th graders—51.5%—scored at a Level 4 and 5 combined, which are the two highest levels on the PARCC five-point score scale, compared to 39.7% in Maryland.
Calvert County Public Schools continues to align its curriculum with the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards. In math, the process began at the elementary level and is progressing through the high school courses. This sequence of alignment was chosen to ensure that students have the prerequisite knowledge prior to beginning a course.

“It’s important to note that we did not fall behind in the curricular transition,” said Dr. Curry. “Math is a foundational subject, and it was most responsible to build a curriculum with students in mind. We have not yet introduced a revised Algebra 2 curriculum aligned with Common Core, which explains our Algebra 2 results. The new sequence calls for Geometry to follow Algebra I, and that is our focus this year. Our plan, established a few years ago, introduces the revised Algebra II curriculum in the FY17 school year.”

On the Algebra 1 assessment, 29.4% of students scored at a Level 4 and 5 combined, compared to 31.2% in Maryland.

On Maryland’s first-ever Algebra 2 assessment, 6.5% of students scored at a Level 4 and 5 combined, compared to 20.2% in Maryland.

In future years, PARCC results will be available in early summer. That timeline will provide educators with more opportunities to make instructional adjustments based on the data.

PARCC results cannot be compared with the Maryland School Assessment (MSA), which the State used for a decade, both because this is a new test and a different test. PARCC is the first assessment aligned to Maryland’s College and Career Ready Standards, which set a higher bar for student learning.

Results for PARCC assessments in grades 3-8 will be made available by MSDE in December.