Worcester Excels in PARCC Results

Worcester Excels in PARCC Results
Posted on 12/10/2015

By Carrie Sterrs, Coordinator of Public Relations & Special Programs

As full results from the first administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, are released this week, Worcester County Public Schools’ results are strong.

In November, Worcester County’s PARCC results for Algebra I and English 10 performed at the highest level when compared with all other counties in the state, as 59 percent of students in English 10 achieved a Level four or five – the threshold established by the state for college and career readiness. Fifty-seven percent of Algebra I students scored as college and career ready.

Results for students in grades three through eight released on Tuesday place Worcester County student scores for college and career readiness above state averages by more than ten percent. In English/Language Arts, 54 percent of all students in grades 3 – 8 scored a level of four or above compared to 40 percent statewide. In mathematics, 41 percent of students in grades 3 – 8 scored as college and career ready compared to 30 percent statewide.

Third grade scores in Worcester County towered over state averages, with 57 percent of third graders scoring as college and career ready in ELA, 21 percentage points higher than the state. In mathematics, 62 percent of third graders scored as college and career ready, 26 percentage points higher than the state.

Other standout scores in the county were seventh grade mathematics, with 44 percent of students earning at level four or five, 23 percentage points higher than the state average; and eighth grade ELA, with 61 percent of students testing as college and career ready, 21 percentage points above the state.

Strong leadership from our school and district educators coupled with the efforts of our students, their families and our supportive community has contributed to the high levels of achievement across WCPS grade levels and content.

“Student results we have received are encouraging,” Superintendent of Schools Jerry Wilson said. “I want to commend all of our teachers who have learned to teach students using more challenging standards and helped students to learn new materials and concepts in the change to the Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards (MDCCRS). The school teams working collaboratively for student success each contributed to our students’ achievement.”

This first set of assessment results is setting a new baseline to measure the growth of what students know and are able to do throughout their education. The PARCC assessment is a more rigorous measurement of College and Career Readiness that is aligned to the MDCCRS. It is important to remember that the PARCC assessment is only a snapshot of a student’s progress, and we encourage our parents to talk with his/her child’s teacher about overall academic progress.

For more information about Worcester County’s performance on PARCC, assessments in general or the MDCCRS we have a parent resource page on our website, www.worcesterk12.com, which addresses general questions. We also encourage visiting www.parcconline.org or www.understandthescore.org for additional information. As always, for more detailed information, please contact me at (410) 632-5092.