On Tuesday, Maryland released the Partnership for Assessments of Career and College Readiness (PARCC) results, revealing very little progress in the past year.
The PARCC test revealed only a third of students in grades three through eight passed the math test, while 41 percent passed the English assessment. The pass rate for English increased from 38.7 percent in 2016 to 40.6 percent. The percentage of students passed the PARCC math test decreased by less than 1 percentage point.
Nearly half of the students in 10th grade passed the English test, while 36.5 percent passed the PARCC Algebra I test. The successful completion of those tests may become a requirement for graduation in Maryland, but state officials are yet to determine what the score should be.
“The continuing story is that only about 40 percent of our students are on track and there still remain huge achievement gaps,” Andrew Smarick, state school board president told The Baltimore Sun. Asian and white students are gaining faster on the PARCC tests than African-American students.
Baltimore County and Baltimore City students scored below the state average. The percentage of the county middle and elementary school students who passed the PARCC math exam dropped by 1.6 percentage points, while the passing rate for the English test increased by 1.4 percentage points. With 30.3 percent of those students passing the math test and 36.5 percent passing the English test.
Howard County saw the biggest improvement, with less than 60 percent of students passing the PARCC English and math tests. The percentage of students who passed the English test increased by 2 percentage points and 48.1 percent passed the PARCC math exam.