WCPS Outpaces State Again in 2017 PARCC Results

WCPS Outpaces State Again in 2017 PARCC Results
Posted on 08/23/2017
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Newark, MD, August 23, 2017– Worcester County students for the third consecutive year far exceeded state averages on the latest PARCC results released yesterday. Worcester once again leads the state in college and career readiness in five of the assessments administered last year in all counties.

In English/Language Arts (ELA), 58.1 percent of all students in grades 3-8 combined scored at a level four or five – 17.5 percentage points above the state’s average in the same grade levels. At the high school level, 55.9 percent of Worcester County students demonstrated college and career readiness in the English 10 assessment, a jump of nearly four percentage points from last year, and well above the state average of 49.3 percent.

In mathematics, 48.6 percent of students in grades 3-8 combined scored as college and career ready, which demonstrates over one percent growth from 2016 scores, and over 15 percentage points above the state average. In Algebra I, 49.8% of Worcester County students scored at a level of four or five, over 13 percentage points above the state.

Worcester County Overall PARCC English/Language Arts Assessment Results

 

 

 

 

College & Career Ready

 

Level One

Level Two

Level Three

Level Four

Level Five

Grade 3

7.8%

9.9%

22.9%

49.3%

10.3%

Grade 4

5.0%

13.1%

23.3%

42.7%

16.3%

Grade 5

3.0%

9.0%

27.3%

50.3%

9.9%

Grade 6

6.1%

12.8%

28.5%

43.7%

8.9%

Grade 7

9.0%

10.7%

18.6%

40.6%

21.2%

Grade 8

7.0%

11.0%

26.2%

39.7%

16.2%

Grade 10

12.5%

12.5%

19.0%

35.9%

20.0%

Worcester County Overall PARCC Mathematics Assessment Results

 

 

 

 

College & Career Ready

 

Level One

Level Two

Level Three

Level Four

Level Five

Grade 3

4.0%

7.1%

23.1%

40.7%

25.4%

Grade 4

6.7%

15.3%

29.2%

41.9%

6.9%

Grade 5

5.5%

13.8%

32.4%

39.3%

9.0%

Grade 6

11.3%

18.2%

30.5%

35.4%

4.6%

Grade 7

6.6%

17.7%

33.4%

37.4%

4.9%

Grade 8

16.1%

16.7%

21.5%

44.9%

0.8%

Algebra I

7.6%

18.1%

24.5%

46.2%

3.6%



Standing out in the county’s performance results were English/Language Arts scores in grades 3 - 5, as nearly 60 percent of the third graders, 59 percent of fourth graders and over 60 percent of fifth graders scored at a level four or five. In these assessments, Worcester students outperformed all other counties in the state. Third graders in the county also has a stand-out performance on the math assessment, with 66 percent scoring at a level of four or five, only 0.4 points away from topping scores from all other counties.

Worcester County was also a leader in the state in demonstrating college and career readiness on the following assessments:

• In Grade 8 mathematics, 45.7 percent of students scored at levels four and five, which represents a nearly seven percent jump over last year, and performs well above the state average of 16.8 percent. Eighth graders also performed well in English/Language Arts with 55.8 percent at levels four and five, towering over the state average of 38.9 percent.

• Seventh graders also outperformed the state by wide margins with 61.8 percent scoring levels four or five in English/Language Arts, nearly 19 percentage points above the state average. In math, 42.3 percent of seventh grade students reached levels four and five on the assessment, well above the state average of 25.3 percent.

“I am incredibly proud of our students and faculty who have achieved such success in the newly released student assessment results. The remarkable performance by students across our county certainly validates the diligence and dedication of our educators,” Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor said. “It is because of the strong partnership among our students and their families, our teachers, school and administrative leaders that resulted in these high levels of achievement. Additionally, we could not achieve these results without the unwavering support from our Board of Education and County Commissioners.”

Worcester County will continue to utilize the PARCC results to target and improve instruction for those students who have not yet reached the levels of college and career readiness.

Full PARCC data can be viewed at any time on the Maryland Department of Education’s report card website: www.mdreportcard.org.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Carrie N. Sterrs at 410.632.5092 or email at cnsterrs@mail.worcester.k12.md.us.