Maryland Closes “Honesty Gap” With New Student Assessments

Students scored much lower on PARCC tests as compared with the previous statewide assessment, but the PARCC scores were more closely aligned with the rigorous National Assessment of Educational Progress.

A guest blogger on Education Week described how new student assessments have closed the gap between their state and national performance measures, bringing to two in line. Maryland is one of those states.

Maryland first implemented its new assessment, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in the 2014-2015 school year. Student performance on the assessment was low as compared with the previous assessment used.

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Maryland’s test scores dropped with the implementation of the PARCC student assessment. Data from Education Week.

Maryland’s PARCC scores were much more closely aligned with student performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), than previous state assessments, however.

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Many states, including Maryland, are closing the gap between state and national standards with new assessments. Data from Education Week.

For example, on fourth grade reading levels, Maryland’s 2013-2014 assessment was 41 percentage points apart from the national assessment. In the 2014-2015 year, it was only 3 percentages points different.

Other states with new assessments are also closing the gap.

For more information, see the blog article, States Are Closing the ‘Honesty Gap’ in Test Results, Study Says, and the full report, Proficient vs. Prepared 2016: State Test Results are Getting Closer to Student Achievement on NAEP