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MSA Tests Yield Mixed Results

July 15th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

The last year of the Maryland State Assessments resulted in a mixed bag locally, as high school proficiency was up by four points in math and a point and a half in reading, while dropping by five percent in reading and over four points in math in middle school.

In New Generation Science Standards, Allegany County elementary students did better than the last round, while middle schoolers did worse.

The Maryland State Assessment is still mandated under law, as state schools transition to the Common Core. 

Last school year, all schools in Allegany County Public Schools field-tested the new PARCC assessments at different grade levels and content areas.  The new tests measure the critical content and skills embedded in the new content standards. 

The new PARCC assessments will measure the abilities on high and low performing students as well as test writing skills at every grade level.  Critical thinking and problem solving skills will also be assessed.

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