The rollout of a high school graduation requirement tied to a demanding new science test could be delayed for at least two more years, following a preliminary vote of the Maryland State School Board Tuesday.
Nearly half of Howard County’s schools came out with top ratings in the state’s new education rankings, part of a federal accountability system that grades all public schools based on test scores as well as measures such as graduation rates and achievement of English language learners.
Howard County schools were above the state average on all PARCC assessments. Going forward, however, Maryland is looking to replace the test with another that aligns to the Common Core standards and is a shorter exam, an official from Howard County School System says.
People in Maryland should celebrate that the state is going to abandon the PARCC standardized test. But it will not improve public education or satisfy critics of standardized testing. The only way to improve public education in Maryland is to replace the Common Core standards.
The concept, unveiled at the last Board of Education work session by new Superintendent Steven Lockard, would be used both internally and externally. Internally, it will help CCPS track and monitor data, and help tie that information the strategic plan.
Four years after the Maryland State Department of Education began requiring the state’s public schools to give students the PARCC tests, some teachers remain concerned that the online version is helping to widen an achievement gap they’ve spent decades working to close.
Gov. Larry Hogan could untangle Baltimore County Public Schools officials from their technology quagmire by simply eliminating the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers testing (PARCC) they use to justify their obsession with one-to-one devices.
West Towson Elementary became the newest Towson school to be named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School Tuesday for its high performance on statewide assessments but despite being honored by the title, principal Sue Hershfeld said earning the distinction is an expected outcome.
This year, West Towson and five other Maryland schools were selected in the category of exemplary high-achieving school for scoring in the top 15 percent of all Maryland schools on the 2017 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers assessments.
Maryland's state school board rolled back the implementation of tougher passing standards on high school English and math exams required for graduation. The higher standard now won't go into effect until 2024 when this year's sixth graders would graduate.
Shouldn't student achievement guide how Maryland spends dollars rather than arbitrary amounts disconnected from readiness for work or college? Taxpayers deserve to know they are preparing productive lives, not funding bureaucracies.
Harford County Public School students at all grade levels have outpaced their peers statewide on standardized tests for the second consecutive year, according to achievement data presented to the Board of Education Monday evening.
Baltimore Polytechnic Institute has been known for pumping out top math and science students for more than a century. So perhaps it isn't surprising that the elite city high school has the highest pass rate of any in the region on the tough new state Algebra I exam. The Baltimore Sun analyzed 2016 scores on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career and ranked Baltimore-area elementary, middle and high schools.