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MCPS Students Continue to Make Gains on PARCC Assessments

Data released by the Maryland State Department of Education show that Montgomery County Public Schools students continue to make gains in performance and continue to outperform their peers across the state on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career assessments.

Student performance in English Language Arts (ELA) Grades 3-5 showed continued gains over the last two years where MCPS students also outperformed the state. More than 50 percent of students in Grades 3-5 scored at a performance level of 4 and 5, posting a 5.4 percentage point increase since 2015. More than 51 percent of students in Grades 6-8 scored at a performance level of 4 and 5.

"The PARCC assessments are one of several important measures that help us monitor student progress and achievement,” said MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith. “We are pleased to see continued gains in student participation and performance. However, we know more must be done to ensure all students have the access, opportunity and intentional instruction they need to be successful."

Statewide, the percent of students attaining a performance level 4 or 5 on English Language Arts exams, grades 3-8, improved one percentage point over last school year to 41.6 points, according to MSDE. The percent of students scoring at performance level 4 or 5 on mathematics, grades 3-8, also increased one point to 34.1 points.

“These results show modest progress in both reading and math at the elementary and middle school levels,” said Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools. “Educator