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Standardized test scores decline in Maryland; COVID-19 pandemic could be to blame

December 8th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

WBAL reports the COVID-19 pandemic forced many schools to go virtual and the latest results from the Maryland State Department of Education showed it was not kind to Maryland students.

The results of the first standardized tests reported since COVID-19 forced schools to close their doors showed that test scores hit their lowest decline in more than 20 years, according to a news release.

According to the Maryland State Department of Education, about one-third of students passed the English test and 15 percent passed the math test.

The number of students who passed the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment was also down from 47 percent to 40 percent, according to the Maryland State Department of Education.

The State Superintendent of Schools Mohammed Choudhury expressed the results were expected and foresee better results in the future.

"This preliminary assessment data confirms what we anticipated: learning suffered during the pandemic, and we must be innovative, collaborative and bold in our approach to accelerate student achievement and support mental, social, and emotional health,” Choudhury said in a statement. “We are seizing this moment to ensure that every Maryland student has access to excellent educational opportunities and strong outcomes."