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MCPS Students Outperform Peers in Maryland on PARCC Test



The first results from new state assessments show that Montgomery County Public Schools students are performing better than their peers across the state but demonstrate the urgent need to remain focused on closing persistent achievement gaps and improving student performance in literacy and mathematics.

“These results provide a new starting point for how we measure student performance,” said Montgomery County Board of Education President Patricia O’Neill. “These new tests ask more of students and will be a better measure of what students need to know to be on track for success in college and career. It is abundantly clear that we have a lot of work to do to make sure all of our students are ready. We continue to see significant achievement gaps that we must address.”

The new state assessments were developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers—or PARCC—and were taken for the first time in spring 2015 by students in Grades 3 through 8 and those who took three high school courses: Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and English 10. The school and district results for the high school course assessments are being released today. The results of PARCC reading and mathematics assessments for elementary and middle school students will be released next month.

MCPS students outperformed the state average on all three high school assessments*, which are graded on a five-point scale, with a score of 4 or 5 meaning students are on track to be college and career ready. On the 2015 PARCC assessments—

• Algebra 1: 38.6 percent of MCPS students met or exceeded expectations, which is 7.4 points higher than the performance across the state (31.2 percent);

• Algebra 2: 30.7 percent of MCPS student met or exceeded expectations, which 10.5 points higher than the performance across the state (20.2 percent); and

• English 10: 44 percent of MCPS students met or exceeded expectations, which is 4.3 points higher than the state (39.7 percent).


Interim Superintendent Larry A. Bowers emphasized that the PARCC exam