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Majority of Maryland fourth and eighth grade students not proficient in math or reading

October 25th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

Declining student test scores in Maryland reflect a national downward trend that began in 2013 and worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Maryland State Department of Education released a statement Monday indicating a declining trend on the 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress. MSDE said testing results indicate that a majority of Maryland fourth and eighth grade students were not proficient in math or reading. The largest drop in test scores in Maryland and nationally came in the math test in which 75% of Maryland eighth grade students and 69% of fourth grade students are at or below basic achievement. State Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury said that there is no sugar-coating these results noting the numbers confirm learning suffered significantly during the pandemic. He said the decision by some school system’s to keep building closed even after the COVID numbers were dropping proved costly….