Montgomery County (Md.) test performance drops, but schools say tests are misaligned

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Montgomery school chief Dr. Joshua Starr says the system’s drop in performance on the state’s 2013 standardized testing program is the result of misaligned tests, not county students, teachers or curriculum.

The state released results of the 2013 Maryland School Assessments (MSA), which test elementary, middle and high school students in science, math, english and other subject areas.

The percentage of MCPS elementary students who scored at the proficient or advanced levels on the test was 89.7 percent in reading and 84.5 percent in math, down 2 percent and 5.2 percent, respectively. The percentage of middle school students who scored at the proficient or advanced levels in reading increased by 0.4 points, but in math, it decreased by 3.3 points.

MCPS and the Maryland State Department of Education said the test is not yet aligned with new Common Core State Standards some school systems, including Montgomery, are already implementing.

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