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Education Officials Not Disappointed In Test Results

December 10th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Fewer than half of Maryland elementary and middle school students can pass tough new standardized tests and school officials are blaming a teaching and testing standards overhaul in recent years. Dr. Henry Johnson Interim Deputy State Superintendent for teaching & learning says he is not disappointed in the results in the individual PARCC tests for elementary schools in the state. However, many feel the results appear to show that teachers and students haven't adjusted to the higher expectations of the new Partnership for Assessments of Career and College Readiness. In Allegany County, fewer than 30% of students in grades 3-8 taking the PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy Assessments last spring scored at a Level 4 and 5 combined – the two highest levels on the PARCC five-point score scale. And fewer than 30% of elementary and middle school students attained acceptable levels.  Johnson says the data reflects a high bar and the results should be considered with other measures…


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