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QACPS STUDENTS SCORE HIGHER ON STATE ASSESSMENTS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS; MATH SCORES STABLE OVERALL

MCAP Results PDF Version

 

For Immediate Release

August 28, 2019

  

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QACPS STUDENTS SCORE HIGHER ON STATE ASSESSMENTS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS; MATH SCORES STABLE OVERALL

 

CENTREVILLE, MD – Superintendent Dr. Andrea M. Kane announced today the Queen Anne’s County Public Schools (QACPS) student achievement results on the latest state assessments for English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics.

 

QACPS student performance overall ranked sixth among the state’s 24 school systems and the QACPS student proficiency rate exceeded the state average by 16.1 percentage points.  QACPS showed improvement in ELA in grades 3-8 with an overall growth of 2.8 percentage points. Proficiency in mathematics in grades 3-8 remained relatively stable from the previous year with a slight decrease of approximately one percentage point, which mirrored the state trend. QACPS ranked third in the state in the overall performance of students in ELA and fourth for mathematics performance in grades 3-8. At the high school level, QACPS exceeded the state average in ELA 10 by 16.2 percentage points and in Algebra 1 by 20.5 percentage points.

 

“I am proud of our students’ progress in English Language Arts and their standing in the state overall. There are areas for improvement and we will support students and teachers to continue rising to the challenge of high standards and more rigorous assessments,” Dr. Kane said.

 

Student cohort growth was seen in all grade levels in ELA. Cohort data is used to compare students and their progress when moving from one grade level to the next. The most significant growth was documented for students in grade 8 who increased 13.5 percentage points from 2017 to 2019. Grade 5 increased by 11.9 percentage points over the same span.  

 

Last school year, QACPS administered the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) assessments for ELA and math to all students in grades 3 through 8 and those high school students who completed Algebra I or English 10.

 

The tests are considerably more rigorous than the previous Maryland School Assessment (MSA) tests. MCAP was designed to provide students, parents, and teachers with better information on each student’s progress toward graduation and workforce readiness. The MCAP assessments are scored on a 650-to-850-point scale, which was translated and simplified into five performance levels with Level 5 set as “exceeding expectations” and Level 1 set as “not meeting expectations.” The Maryland State Board of Education recognizes performance Levels 4 and 5 as indicating students are ‘proficient’ in the tested areas of ELA and math.

 

The State’s data release reveals more useful information about QACPS student performance overall:

 

  • In elementary and middle school ELA and mathematics, the percentage of QACPS students meeting or exceeding expectations increased in grades 4, 6, and 8.

 

  • Student cohort growth was shown in ELA at every grade in elementary and middle school. Three-year growth ranged from 8.4 percentage points to 13.5.

 

  • Grade 6 had an increase of nearly 12 percentage points in ELA and 2 points in math. 

 

  • Grade 4 had an increase of more than three percentage points in ELA and more than nine percentage points in math for students meeting or exceeding expectations. 

 

  • Countywide, progress was seen for many student groups in ELA. Hispanic and Latino students increased nearly six percentage points in ELA and students in grades 3-8 who receive Special Education services increased over three percentage points. 

 

  • Sudlersville Elementary School increased overall performance in English language arts with an increase of 8.8 percentage points. Students in 4th grade increased their scores by 25 percentage points when compared to scores earned in 3rd grade. 

 

  • Sudlersville Middle School increased by 18.3 percentage points on the grade 8 math assessment. 

 

  • Stevensville Middle School increased by 10.1 percentage points in ELA in grades 6-8. Scores on the 6th-grade assessment increased by 24 percentage points.

 

Assessment

Percent of students Meeting or Exceeding Expectations

Change from 2018

English/Language Arts

Grade 3

49.8

-0.8

Grade 4

57.2

+3.6

Grade 5

56.8

-2.0

Grade 6

61.6

+11.8

Grade 7

60.8

-2.3

Grade 8

67.6

+5.2

Grade 10

58.8

-2.7

Mathematics

Grade 3

53.4

-5.1

Grade 4

59.5

+9.3

Grade 5

52.8

-7.8

Grade 6

46.8

+2

Grade 7

38.8

-7.5

Grade 8

32.5

+2.9

Algebra 1

47.6

-2.5

 
Students will receive copies of their individual score reports in mid-to-late September. These reports can provide parents and guardians with useful information on how their child performed on the assessment as a whole as well as how they performed on specific skill sets. Parents and guardians can use this report to start a discussion with their child’s teacher(s). Information in this report may be used to understand their child’s strengths and needs and to work with educators to identify resources to support his or her education.  Additional information on interpreting these reports is available on the QACPS website.

 

For more information regarding the test results, please visit the testing webpage on the QACPS website: https://www.qacps.org/domain/101

 

Statewide school system and individual school MCAP data are available on the Maryland State Department of Education’s website: https://reportcard.msde.maryland.gov/