Caroline County Public Schools' Students Show Strong Performance in Secondary PARCC Assessment Results

Students outperform state and nineteen of the twenty-four districts in three tested areas

Caroline County Public Schools’ (CCPS) secondary students outperformed the state and nineteen of the twenty-four public school districts in the state of Maryland in each of the three assessed content areas (Algebra I, Algebra II & English Language Arts/Literacy 10) on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) assessment.

“While it is important to remember that these results represent a new baseline to grow from,” said Superintendent of Schools John D. Ewald, “we are thrilled with the performance of our students.”

He continued, “These results are in no small part due to our students hard work, the skill and commitment of our teachers, the professional development provided to our staff and the district's leadership at our central office and board of education.”

Forty-six percent (46%) of CCPS high school students taking the English 10 assessment last spring scored at a Level 4 and 5 combined – the two highest levels on the PARCC five-point score scale. The state average for this test was 39 percent (39%). Level 4 is met expectations and Level 5 is exceeded expectations.

For high school students, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is identifying Levels 4 and 5 as readiness for college and or career. This identification is intended to help students avoid the need to take additional coursework before taking credit-bearing courses beyond high school.

At North Caroline High School, forty-eight percent (48%) of students taking the English 10 PARCC assessment scored at a Level 4 and 5 combined. Just over forty percent (40%) of Colonel Richardson High School students scored at a Level 4 and 5 combined.

“We celebrate our students' exceptional results. Caroline County Public Schools’ students outperformed nineteen of the twenty-four districts in our state and each of the district's on the Eastern Shore,” said Mr. Ewald. “These results will now be used as an annual measure of teaching and learning as we work to continually improve the education of our students and their learning.”

For Algebra II scores, 23.3 percent (23%) of county students scored at a Level 4 and Level 5 combined. The state percentage was 19.4 percent (19.4%). North Caroline High School students had 28.5 percent of its students reach the Level 4 and Level 5 combined and Colonel Richardson High School students had 14 percent (14%) of its students reach the Level 4 and Level 5 combined.

For Algebra I scores, 34.5 percent  (34.5%) of CCPS students scored at a Level 4 and Level 5 combined. The state percentage was 31.2 percent (31.2%). Colonel Richardson and Lockerman Middle Schools’ students led the county in the percentage of students who met or exceeded expectations (Lockerman MS 91.4 percent; Colonel Richardson MS 74.2 percent; North Caroline HS 26.8 percent and Colonel Richardson HS at 23 percent).

PARCC results cannot be compared with results from the Maryland School Assessment (MSA), which the state used for a decade. The PARCC assessment is a new and different assessment. For example, students must demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving and clear writing on the PARCC assessment.

The next data release of PARCC assessment results for Grades 3-8 mathematics and reading is scheduled for early to mid December 2015.