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THE BALTIMORE SUN

More children in Anne Arundel County scored well on recent Maryland School Assessments than last year, although African-American and Hispanic pupils still lag behind their white and Asian-American counterparts.

Yesterday, Superintendent Eric J. Smith attributed the success at nearly all grade levels to expert teachers executing a new phonics-based reading curriculum and a new math program, which were established countywide in 2003.

"This represents in reading and math a hard shift in our basic philosophy in how we teach reading and how we teach math," said Smith, the former Charlotte, N.C., schools superintendent who was hired in large part to improve test scores.

He emphasized the achievement of teachers, who "adopted new strategies and really adopted them in a way that works for all kids."

Smith and other officials were particularly pleased that more pupils in all grades reached advanced levels on the tests.

But the county's middle-schoolers show room for improvement, he said. The percentage of seventh-graders reading at advanced or proficient levels declined slightly to 73.5 percent.

The sixth, seventh and eighth grades are going to continue to be a major focus, Smith added.

Smith celebrated the gains of eighth-graders. About 84 percent of African-American pupils left middle school in 2003 performing at basic levels in mathematics, which Smith called "appalling." Now that percentage has been reduced by almost half .

"It's still way too low, but the rate of increase, I think, is very dramatic," he said.

The county school system is also closer to reaching several academic goals earlier than the deadline officials set.

By 2007, the system aims to have 85 percent of pupils reach advanced or proficient levels on the tests. About 86 percent of the county's fourth-graders reached that target on the reading tests, with third- and fifth-graders not far behind.

Third- and fourth-graders surpassed the 85 percent goal on the math exam as well, and 81 percent of fifth-graders scored advanced or proficient.

Not all goals were hit. Another 2007 goal states that no subgroup's performance would vary by more than 10 percentage points from any other.

African-American pupils at every grade posted gains on both tests except seventh-graders on the reading test. In fact, 57.6 percent of black students reached proficient and advanced levels on the math test this year, an increase of nearly 21 percentage points since 2003.

Children who receive free and reduced-priced lunch showed a gain of about 20 percentage points, to 55.6 percent.

In reading, African-American, low-income and special-education pupils each had the largest increase since 2003 - more than 15 percentage points apiece. However, these pupils still lag behind their Asian-American and white peers; more than 80 percent of those groups scored at advanced or proficient levels.

Countywide, more than 60 percent of Hispanic pupils reached advanced or proficient levels this year in reading and math. Reading scores of Hispanic middle-schoolers went down nearly 10 percentage points for sixth-graders and about 7 percentage points for seventh-graders. But the sixth- and seventh-graders' performance on the math exam improved slightly.

Overall, fewer county pupils with limited English ability reached proficient or advanced levels on the tests this year and have posted the smallest gains since 2003.

However, Smith said the figures represent children who are very new to the language, because once they demonstrate English ability they are no longer included in that group.

Anne Arundel Middle Schools

This table shows the total percentage of Anne Arundel County middle school pupils who scored at advanced or proficient levels in tests administered as part of the Maryland School Assessment.

SIXTH GRADE SEVENTH GRADE EIGHTH GRADE

Reading Math Reading Math Reading Math

'05 '04 '05 '04 '05 '04 '05 '04 '05 '04 '03 '05 '04 '03

Anne Arundel 74.5 73.1 68.3 58.0 73.5 74.0 67.7 58.3 73.1 68.1 65.2 65.1 56.2 39.1

Annapolis 54.4 51.5 47.8 34.1 55.9 58.9 46.3 39.6 55.2 49.4 49.4 54.0 47.0 25.2

Arundel 82.2 78.6 75.3 59.5 80.5 77.0 69.1 67.3 78.8 71.5 69.7 69.9 54.2 33.1

Brooklyn Park 63.4 64.2 48.9 36.3 63.5 58.6 46.0 44.8 63.1 53.6 62.0 43.7 39.7 24.1

Central 88.0 81.5 81.3 67.9 80.8 81.4 80.8 66.9 80.3 73.7 75.6 77.8 65.9 51.4

Chesapeake Bay 76.7 67.9 73.5 60.9 74.7 75.2 69.5 58.9 77.0 62.6 67.2 65.7 52.8 36.5

Corkran School 69.7 65.8 64.7 51.2 73.7 67.1 62.7 46.4 66.3 64.1 66.4 51.6 50.4 30.8

Crofton 90.6 90.3 81.7 68.8 91.1 87.6 87.0 74.2 92.4 85.7 78.8 80.7 78.1 50.6

George Fox 69.3 74.4 68.0 59.8 68.1 74.3 59.8 65.3 67.7 66.9 59.9 67.7 48.4 29.9

J. Albert Adams Acad. 38.5 20.0 15.4 13.3 25.0 25.9 15.0 14.8 17.5 28.9 13.1 10.0 10.5 2.1

Lindale 66.0 66.8 57.2 44.8 63.9 68.1 57.8 45.6 63.3 64.3 55.8 51.4 49.1 27.5

MacArthur 68.2 67.7 59.5 48.2 67.3 66.7 58.2 41.7 72.0 70.4 55.5 55.1 46.3 34.3

Magothy River 90.2 90.2 90.2 77.4 85.5 90.9 82.7 84.3 89.7 83.9 82.1 88.1 82.9 76.1

Marley 60.8 54.4 52.8 35.7 54.4 65.6 50.5 43.4 63.2 48.4 49.1 58.8 39.5 24.8

Meade 67.3 69.4 55.5 54.0 72.4 62.8 58.7 48.6 60.0 60.0 57.6 50.8 42.6 22.4

Old Mill North 72.8 69.4 62.6 52.4 66.4 72.5 62.1 50.3 68.4 68.1 61.2 54.4 53.4 41.0

Old Mill South 75.0 78.2 69.8 67.8 74.2 74.0 74.9 61.2 76.1 66.6 69.7 77.4 60.2 45.8

Severn River 85.1 88.7 85.2 80.1 89.3 88.3 88.9 74.8 83.8 80.4 73.6 79.8 68.6 56.5

Severna Park 92.8 91.3 90.2 84.4 92.2 92.4 92.2 85.1 89.5 88.0 84.8 88.4 84.4 65.3

Southern 67.5 74.1 60.4 57.9 74.7 79.4 74.0 60.6 76.7 71.4 NA 67.3 54.7 NA

Wiley H. Bates 49.2 52.4 42.8 35.1 50.5 56.8 38.7 35.1 53.3 60.5 54.8 48.1 44.9 27.4

Anne Arundel Elementary

This table shows the total percentage of Anne Arundel County elementary school pupils who scored at advanced or proficient levels in tests administered as part of the Maryland School Assessment.

THIRD GRADE FOURTH GRADE FIFTH GRADE

Reading Math Reading Math Reading Math

'05 '04 '03 '05 '04 '03 '05 '04 '05 '04 '05 '04 '03 '05 '04 '03

Anne Arundel 84.7 78.5 63.8 85.8 81.4 73.3 86.7 82.1 86.2 79.3 83.3 75.7 74.2 81.0 76.0 64.5

Annapolis 77.2 72.5 54.5 72.2 75.0 66.6 68.3 65.5 75.6 75.8 76.9 57.1 36.4 81.5 67.8 31.8

Arnold 94.7 90.9 82.9 96.0 90.9 89.5 91.6 94.2 90.4 97.1 92.6 83.8 90.4 95.5 81.3 93.6

Belle Grove 90.9 60.6 67.7 68.2 57.6 80.7 73.7 78.1 60.5 65.7 86.1 62.8 58.8 75.0 65.7 47.0

Belvedere 87.5 82.3 84.2 81.3 75.0 87.8 86.4 92.5 89.3 92.6 92.7 82.6 87.1 86.6 83.8 83.9

Benfield 98.6 94.3 81.5 100.0 97.2 97.0 100.0 90.5 98.6 92.1 94.0 92.7 96.0 95.5 94.1 88.1

Bodkin 93.8 84.5 67.6 89.3 83.3 76.4 93.1 91.3 90.2 86.4 93.6 85.0 83.1 81.6 76.0 78.2

Broadneck 97.3 92.3 76.1 95.6 94.2 88.1 94.7 89.6 97.3 92.3 95.6 92.2 84.5 92.0 93.1 81.8

Brock Bridge 84.6 79.3 70.9 86.8 81.7 82.3 85.7 83.6 83.3 80.0 81.7 68.3 79.0 80.4 72.2 64.4

Brooklyn Park 81.1 76.5 43.3 81.1 77.9 59.7 89.2 60.3 77.0 61.8 76.5 66.6 61.7 76.6 69.9 55.8

Cape St. Claire 89.2 86.0 81.9 89.2 86.9 82.8 93.9 92.1 92.2 89.5 90.4 85.1 86.4 89.5 86.0 74.4

Central 91.1 92.1 77.5 91.1 90.2 89.8 95.0 86.8 95.0 87.9 92.4 91.6 82.3 90.4 91.6 75.2

Crofton 95.9 93.2 83.1 97.5 93.2 88.1 95.6 89.6 94.7 92.3 91.4 87.9 79.1 88.1 87.0 74.8

Crofton Meadows 90.9 88.4 75.6 92.3 91.9 82.3 94.4 94.7 92.2 90.7 95.0 87.1 86.3 88.9 86.1 68.2

Crofton Woods 98.1 91.1 80.2 94.3 88.1 82.2 99.0 90.9 96.0 88.1 96.2 93.4 96.8 93.4 88.0 80.0

Davidsonville 93.8 84.4 82.8 96.5 89.9 91.8 91.6 95.6 91.6 95.6 94.9 92.8 86.4 93.2 94.8 76.3

Deale 97.3 77.2 75.0 91.9 85.9 90.6 92.4 86.6 92.5 81.7 94.5 81.8 81.1 87.2 81.8 53.4

Eastport 77.2 84.6 45.1 77.2 73.1 48.4 92.3 76.0 88.4 52.0 66.6 60.0 53.1 75.0 65.0 43.8

Edgewater 84.1 81.1 47.8 87.3 91.9 64.2 88.2 75.8 85.5 79.0 77.6 76.1 70.4 81.0 83.4 77.8

Folger McKinsey 95.1 96.2 85.6 95.1 98.2 89.7 99.1 93.9 99.1 92.9 97.1 89.7 92.6 100.0 92.9 85.2

Fort Smallwood 85.3 77.6 61.5 89.8 81.1 69.2 92.3 83.0 84.7 69.8 81.1 78.9 79.3 72.4 78.9 65.5

Four Seasons 81.7 84.1 68.1 87.9 87.1 85.3 87.4 83.0 89.3 82.2 88.9 90.0 84.3 87.2 94.1 83.5

Freetown 66.6 57.5 35.7 80.7 67.5 47.6 77.5 65.9 83.7 58.5 75.6 60.4 40.9 85.4 67.4 37.9

George Cromwell 85.7 75.0 62.5 83.6 68.8 71.9 83.6 86.9 85.1 83.6 90.6 69.0 64.0 84.4 49.3 54.0

Georgetown East 71.5 64.1 45.0 79.6 65.4 57.5 66.6 62.5 75.0 65.9 70.2 63.8 60.0 85.1 68.1 62.3

Germantown 71.7 71.1 40.0 83.3 74.5 56.7 77.5 60.0 93.9 67.2 70.0 56.3 42.1 78.0 65.5 36.8

Glen Burnie Park 78.3 65.0 42.3 80.0 76.5 53.9 76.7 67.2 72.6 68.6 68.0 66.7 66.6 69.3 71.4 57.2

Glendale 70.8 61.8 54.3 69.9 64.4 66.7 70.1 79.6 72.4 69.8 79.8 54.1 58.3 65.8 48.6 42.9

Harman 62.9 57.8 42.9 67.8 61.0 42.9 76.1 61.3 77.6 60.3 64.2 49.1 42.0 71.6 56.6 43.5

High Point 86.7 79.6 54.6 85.6 83.7 70.6 78.0 73.4 81.0 77.9 78.9 67.3 67.0 73.4 70.5 61.8

Hillsmere 85.0 78.3 72.7 76.7 83.3 80.3 82.6 81.8 81.0 78.4 71.2 66.1 66.2 77.3 64.8 61.3

Hilltop 66.6 61.7 37.7 64.3 69.8 57.0 71.6 76.1 79.0 65.7 70.8 56.1 42.2 66.1 64.8 33.9

Jacobsville 84.6 80.4 66.3 86.8 88.6 71.0 91.5 81.3 87.2 76.5 81.3 70.5 77.8 80.2 63.7 68.5

Jessup 86.5 78.7 52.7 87.8 69.2 59.8 75.9 76.6 69.0 63.4 72.6 60.1 69.7 64.6 61.6 61.5

Jones 96.3 93.6 98.1 96.2 93.7 92.3 92.5 94.6 96.3 92.8 94.8 82.6 88.4 96.6 90.5 88.4

Lake Shore 94.5 89.3 76.0 96.4 96.5 80.0 98.2 93.3 96.5 93.3 88.6 83.6 80.3 95.4 86.9 60.6

Linthicum 91.9 87.0 61.6 95.1 88.3 86.3 96.0 89.8 89.2 82.1 92.4 78.5 83.4 83.5 77.2 75.0

Lothian 68.8 75.0 62.4 75.3 76.4 68.2 81.9 75.9 84.7 78.3 81.0 74.7 80.2 69.4 78.5 71.8

Manor View 80.2 79.3 53.9 76.9 80.5 66.7 91.5 89.1 89.6 92.2 84.0 80.0 79.8 81.0 77.3 67.6

Marley 76.2 65.6 36.5 71.4 77.4 43.9 82.6 70.6 77.8 54.1 61.4 63.0 47.6 56.6 65.8 49.2

Maryland City 80.5 63.3 51.6 80.5 71.4 59.7 71.4 84.6 73.8 84.6 86.2 75.7 73.2 79.3 64.9 36.5

Mayo 89.1 91.1 65.7 87.0 91.1 82.9 96.2 91.2 94.4 79.4 90.9 94.1 83.0 84.8 88.2 83.0

Meade Heights 86.6 75.6 72.2 90.0 71.3 68.9 77.6 89.8 76.8 83.2 77.1 68.2 73.2 72.2 60.9 52.1

Millersville 85.2 83.3 71.2 94.4 88.4 69.5 87.7 84.6 87.7 75.4 86.5 86.3 82.0 77.9 81.9 80.0

Mills - Parole 76.6 47.2 37.7 83.0 60.0 54.1 74.6 64.4 74.6 71.2 74.2 41.4 48.5 78.8 70.6 42.2

North Glen 94.0 69.2 46.7 93.9 89.8 46.7 80.0 76.2 90.0 73.8 78.0 65.7 66.6 70.8 81.3 41.1

Oak Hill 88.9 88.2 85.0 90.0 93.0 91.3 95.4 89.8 95.4 89.7 88.5 86.9 82.7 92.0 91.6 79.0

Oakwood 73.7 66.6 42.9 73.7 71.4 59.5 84.1 66.7 75.0 70.5 75.6 59.6 54.0 68.3 75.4 54.0

Odenton 75.0 76.2 75.4 78.0 76.2 78.4 87.9 84.7 86.4 84.8 77.8 67.1 76.5 81.0 68.2 75.3

Overlook 83.3 86.0 52.4 96.6 79.1 52.4 82.5 90.2 82.5 82.9 86.5 81.7 86.5 89.2 81.6 67.6

Park 83.6 62.1 35.0 86.3 65.2 60.0 63.8 74.6 75.8 69.1 71.7 64.4 62.8 83.1 61.7 42.4

Pasadena 91.9 87.7 52.1 90.2 87.7 76.1 95.9 88.4 95.9 76.8 81.6 69.3 69.8 81.6 68.0 67.7

Pershing Hill 71.4 64.7 70.2 78.6 72.5 80.7 89.5 90.4 84.2 76.9 89.1 80.3 81.2 87.0 78.6 69.9

Piney Orchard 92.0 82.9 75.0 97.0 93.6 89.2 93.4 91.3 94.5 95.6 96.6 89.3 79.3 93.2 89.4 68.3

Point Pleasant 70.4 63.0 55.8 67.9 67.9 67.4 73.5 77.5 78.3 76.4 82.2 57.9 71.6 76.6 57.8 55.9

Quarterfield 80.2 81.5 67.6 80.3 89.3 78.4 95.2 86.5 87.1 82.1 95.6 83.9 75.0 80.9 64.7 68.0

Richard Henry Lee 80.8 76.9 58.4 82.2 76.9 66.7 89.2 76.5 87.8 77.6 70.8 75.6 77.1 75.3 71.6 60.2

Ridgeway 84.1 77.3 69.3 88.6 77.4 70.3 83.5 83.4 82.5 85.4 91.0 76.4 79.4 88.0 85.4 70.1

Rippling Woods 82.7 71.6 58.8 83.6 83.2 72.3 85.1 76.4 84.1 71.0 78.3 72.9 73.6 74.7 72.1 62.4

Riviera Beach 77.7 79.3 47.1 75.6 77.6 60.8 91.6 80.8 88.1 72.3 85.1 75.8 73.3 78.8 67.2 40.0

Rolling Knolls 80.8 83.3 65.3 91.5 85.2 71.4 93.6 91.1 85.1 86.7 82.9 75.6 73.6 92.7 78.1 73.5

Severn 83.7 65.2 58.6 73.7 84.1 76.0 75.3 78.8 82.6 68.8 86.5 74.3 65.8 77.1 75.7 58.9

Severna Park 100.0 88.7 70.6 100.0 93.5 74.5 98.4 87.6 90.5 81.3 85.7 92.2 93.3 91.8 93.7 90.0

Shady Side 91.8 91.3 65.8 90.7 90.0 74.4 91.7 82.2 97.2 84.6 80.5 75.9 77.2 76.1 69.8 50.6

Shipley's Choice 96.8 91.5 90.0 96.9 94.9 91.6 95.2 94.7 96.8 94.8 93.5 94.2 98.5 93.6 95.4 98.5

Solley 88.7 76.1 59.5 86.7 77.1 70.2 86.5 78.2 87.5 78.2 80.9 81.9 75.9 71.4 78.3 49.1

South Shore 86.1 85.4 82.5 88.9 85.4 85.0 95.1 97.5 87.8 95.1 97.6 95.4 79.4 100.0 90.7 64.7

Southgate 74.3 65.9 56.1 76.2 70.3 63.7 87.2 68.9 82.6 58.6 75.0 64.5 73.4 73.0 70.1 42.9

Sunset 79.1 82.8 58.3 85.7 82.8 77.8 80.2 86.7 87.9 76.0 86.4 86.8 79.5 81.4 80.8 71.2

Traceys 76.5 76.0 45.5 76.4 83.4 63.6 81.9 68.7 85.5 72.0 62.0 72.5 82.2 66.7 78.4 69.6

Tyler Heights 90.0 56.4 34.5 80.0 56.4 55.2 91.2 41.9 79.5 61.3 75.0 62.5 31.5 77.8 68.8 31.6

Van Bokkelen 46.4 47.7 30.8 54.4 51.5 36.9 68.9 50.0 66.2 48.6 51.6 53.8 38.9 64.1 49.3 26.4

Waugh Chapel 77.9 82.5 75.0 88.3 82.4 84.0 90.1 90.6 90.2 81.3 91.1 72.5 65.3 85.1 60.8 62.6

West Annapolis 91.9 68.5 77.1 89.2 71.0 83.3 89.2 85.4 81.0 82.9 89.2 68.9 87.8 91.9 68.9 85.4

West Meade 85.0 76.4 63.5 90.0 82.4 85.3 94.6 86.1 94.6 75.0 83.3 74.3 67.7 70.0 71.8 44.1

Windsor Farm 96.7 92.6 76.0 95.6 95.7 81.0 93.6 91.8 93.5 88.8 91.4 89.6 91.4 88.2 85.4 84.6

Woodside 69.0 61.2 42.8 76.2 75.0 42.8 71.1 60.4 68.5 52.1 58.3 57.5 54.5 52.1 61.7 43.6

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