Student Math Score Drop Triggers Broad Reactions

This year’s PARCC testing scores showed a drop in math for students in most Maryland jurisdictions – the lowest statewide score in the several years of the test’s use here. Stakeholders are reacting differently to the news.

The Baltimore Sun followed on the release of the student PARCC test, with a deeper dive into the disappointing math results: What’s going on with Maryland’s math PARCC scores?

From their article:

Only a third of Maryland elementary and middle school students passed the math test, a one percentage point drop since last year. State education officials acknowledged the setback and pledged to dig into why.

The Maryland results don’t seem dramatically out of line with other jurisdictions still using the PARCC testing module, though the decline in math scores remains the local focus. See Colorado coverage from the Chalkbeat website:

The 2019 Colorado test results released Thursday paint a student performance picture that is substantially similar to past years. In literacy, 45.8% of students met or exceeded expectations on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, a modified version of the PARCC test given to students in third through eighth grade. That’s 1.3 percentage points higher than last year. In math, 34.7% of students did so, roughly the same percentage as last year.

On the Baltimore Sun’s Roughly Speaking podcast, reporter Pam Wood hosts a discussion of the test scores, and the state of Baltimore City schools.

Social media, unsurprisingly, featured a variety of perspectives:

The Sun also hosts several related links to PARCC related resources:


See previous Conduit Street coverage on the 2019 score results.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties