In line with statewide trends, Baltimore city third-graders showed declines in math, science and social studies in the tests given last May as part of the 1996 Maryland School Performance Assessment Program.
Overall, schools showed little movement, disappointing school officials who were hoping for signs that the city might be on its way up from last place in the state.
On average, 13.5 percent of Baltimore third-, fifth- and eighth-graders earned satisfactory scores on the tests, down from 13.8 percent last year. Though the decline was so small as to be statistically insignificant, it stopped an upward trend.
The number of city students earning satisfactory scores had increased from 10.4 percent in 1993 to 13.5 percent last year. The state has set a goal for 70 percent of Maryland students to reach satisfactory scores on six tests at three grade levels by 2000.
The numbers on this table represent the percent of elementary students who scored at the satisfactory level or above in reading, writing and math over a two-year period.
Pub Date: 12/23/96