Student Test Scores Fall Short of Standards for College and Careers

Many expected the results of the new student assessment to be poor, but now we have the actual figures.

As reported by WBAL news and the Baltimore Sun, the first results from the state’s new, Common Core-aligned standardized tests show that less than half of Maryland students got passing grades on 10th grade English, Algebra I and Algebra II.

The new test is called PARCC, which stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, and was first administered to Maryland students in the spring of last year.

Most expected the scores to be low because when a new exam is introduced there typically is a dip in scores. Some education advocates saw the results as evidence of the work to be done in education.

David M. Steiner, executive director of the new Institute for Education Policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Education told the Sun,

“It highlights the historic gap in this country between what we’ve asked for and what is necessary for students to move on to any further educational or career opportunities.”

According to the Sun, special education students, minorities and the poor performed worse on the test.

Only a quarter of African-Americans, 7 percent of special education students and 23 percent of students who qualify for subsidized lunches met the benchmark in English. The worst performance was by students learning to speak English, many of them immigrants. Only 2.3 percent of those students were proficient.

For more information, watch coverage from WBAL, read full story from the Sun, and review resources from the Maryland State Department of Education.