Monthly Archives: December 2015

PGCPS says ready to tackle testing woes. But where is the accountability?

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UPPER MARLBORO – Testing scores in the county are producing a dismal reputation for Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), but school leaders say there is more to the story than poor testing performances and they are already trying to combat the problems. However, the county leadership does not mention the millions of dollars they are awarding themselves as bonus pay to the detriment of the county youth and the Prince George’s County citizenry.

All in all, it appears it’s all about the county CEO and his close friends who are milking the system as they bribe their way into the surroundings institutions in order to entrench themselves into power for personal gain.  Yes! for personal gain and the county suffers under questionable leadership.

Student testing scores in Advanced Placement (AP) and SAT have fallen while scores in the first administered Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career assessment (PARCC) in the county are some of the lowest in the whole state of Maryland.

“PARCC is a new rigorous test, and with anything new there are challenges,” said Kevin Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer for PGCPS.

PARRC was first administered in the spring of 2015 after the state of Maryland chose the assessment as the new accountability program, replacing the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) in Reading and Math. The test is specifically aligned to Maryland’s college and career ready standards by requiring students to demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, and clear writing. By taking PARCC, the students are assessed on how close they are to the standards on a scale of one to five, with five meaning the student exceed expectations. A score of four indicates a student is on track.

On the assessment, which looks at students in grades three through eight, only 25 percent of PGCPS students earned a level four or five in the literacy assessment. Statewide, just less than 40 percent of students scored a four or five. In math, less than 15 percent of county students scored a four or five. Statewide 30 percent reached a four or five.

“There is room for growth on the PARCC assessments,” Maxwell now says. “A low score does not mean a child is failing to learn. This is an opportunity for growth and fine tuning instruction, and that’s exactly what we plan to accomplish.”

The overall pass rate of AP tests in the county has also dropped. AP tests are scored on a scale of one to five as well, with a score of three through five considered passing. The overall percentage of students in PGCPS with a passing score from the tests in May was 25.8 percent, which is a 1.2 percent drop from 2014.

State-wide, 61 percent of Maryland AP students scored a three or higher in 2015, which was the same as 2014.

AP scores in math dropped from a 19.1 percent pass rate in 2014 to 15.8 percent in 2015. The average score on mathematics exams was 1.5. Passing rates also dropped in fine arts, foreign languages and social studies exams. The highest pass rate however, was in foreign languages with 72.9 percent.

Although most subjects saw a decrease in pass rates, both science and English language arts saw increases of 1.9 percent and .5 percent respectively.

Scores on the SAT also dipped countywide.

The average SAT composite score, which is complied from adding the scores of the math, writing and critical reading scores, was 1195 – a four point drop from 2014. The SAT is scored out of 2400 and the nationwide average is 1500. The average in Maryland was 1435, which was also a four-point drop from 2014.

While there was a decrease in passing of mathematics AP tests, the county on average increased SAT math scores. The math average increased from 394 in 2014 to 397 this year. Scores dropped in both writing and critical reading by less than five points.

Segun Eubanks, the chair of the county board of education, said the matter of test scores is extremely complicated.

“Now while these results clearly show that we have lots of works to do, we also need to unpack the data. That means we need to dig deeper to get the full story of what this information reveals, something our friends in the media rarely bother to do,” he said at the State of the School System Address last week.

Eubanks said when he looks at the data he sees a story of hope because the numbers show students in the county are performing better than students in similar situations.

“We know that’s not enough, but we know when we look at this data we see there are schools and programs and classrooms and teachers that are working to help student succeed everyday,” he said.

The school system is also already in the process of addressing the testing scores and ramping up an effort to hit testing from every angle as they prepare their students, not for the test, but in life skills and critical thinking.

This ideology, along with the school’s system strategic plan, was discussed in length at a board work session in September when the school staff and administrators discussed literacy in the school system. Literacy is the central part of the school system’s new strategic plan.

The PGCPS definition of “rigorous literacy,” as defined by the curriculum and instruction team is, “the ability to read, write, speak, listen and use numeracy.”

“For example, we want our students to be able to construct meaning for themselves. If our students can do that, they are well on their way,” Gladys Whitehead, executive director of curriculum and instruction, said at the work session. “We’re not trying to train our students or teach to the test. If we can give our students the skills, they can be successful no matter what test you put in front of them.”

The school system is already working on implementing literacy programs and new instructional teachings to help with overall literacy, which Whitehead said will lead to not only better test scores, but well-rounded students.

In September, PGCPS set out goals for themselves to reach academic excellence for their students. Those goals, according to the plan provided by PGCPS, include a desire for 45 percent of elementary students to obtain a two or better (of three) on the local and state assessments in writing, 20 percent to get a two or better in critical reading assessments, 40 percent to get a two or better in math assessments, and 39 percent of pre-K and kindergarten students should “meet or exceed state standards for language and literacy and mathematical thinking based off the (kindergarten readiness assessment).”

By 2020, PGCPS aims to have 70 percent of elementary students obtain a two or better on local and state assessments in writing, 60 percent in critical reading, 70 percent in math, 60 percent of pre-K and kindergarten students meeting or exceeding state standards. However, these are only empty promises they are making without showing any major plans to accomplish these tasks.

Goals were also set for high school students and included increasing the average SAT score to the “college ready” indicator score of 1550, and increasing the pass rate of AP and International Baccalaureate exams. However, those are goals only by name.

“I believe with all my heart that there is no reason why Prince George’s County students should not be performing at or above the average of every other student in the state of Maryland, so that is the ultimate goal,” Eubanks said in September. “We have to create ambitious benchmarks to get there. Real goals have to be right on the edge of achievability, which always means you might not achieve all of them.”

In the end, there is no question, the county school system is much worse off than when the new leadership led by Kevin Maxwell took over the PGCPS System. This is not the kind of leadership we had envisioned in the very beginning. The problem is complicated by hiring staff members and spouses of highly connected politicians in Maryland to swindle the Prince George’s county schools from the inside in a clever ploy without anything to show for it and eventually run it down.

We must demand an end to this kind of shenanigan ASAP!

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International Human Solidarity Day

12391459_10153847312409617_570730092907055416_nHeartbreaking image from Burundi (file photo). Long trek to Tanzania. Our leaders, (surrounding countries) MUST show concern and we must all let the world know whats going down in Burundi and other parts of the world when selfish leaders try to prolong their stay in power to the detriment of their people. The circle of violence to the impairment of many has become too common lately.

2015 Theme: Shared Progress & Prosperity based on global solidarity

This year’s celebration of Human Solidarity Day comes after leaders of the world adopted theSustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is a new, inclusive development agenda — succeeding the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure dignity for all.

The new SDGs agenda is centred on people & planet, underpinned by human rights and supported by a global partnership determined to lift people out of poverty, hunger and disease. It will be thus be built on a foundation of global cooperation and solidarity.

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6th grader beaten by fellow students on PGCPS bus

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— A sixth-grade student was pummeled by older schoolmates on his Prince George’s County school bus while the bus was still on school property.

“They were hitting me in my head a lot,” Myles Slade, a student at Accokeek Academy, told Fox 5. He suffered bruises and scratches after being struck repeatedly by two older girls.

“There’s no other way to describe that attack than barbaric,” the boy’s father, Shawn Slade, told ABC 7.

According to the family, Myles was approached by a seventh grade girl, who ordered him out of the bus seat he’d sat in. The girl punched the boy in his face, according to the family.

 “I told them I thought that they failed my son yesterday because I have a sense of security when I drop him off at the school bus — that he’s going to get on the school bus, go to school, get back on the school bus and come home safely — and that didn’t happen,” Shawn Slade told Fox 5.

Prince George’s County Public Schools spokeswoman Sherrie Johnson says the incident happened as the bus was leaving school property. The driver stopped the bus, and school staff separated the students.

Johnson says the students “were disciplined per our students rights and responsibilities handbook,” but would not specify the punishment, citing student privacy rules.

According to the handbook, a physical attack on another student can warrant a suspension of one to 10 days.

The incident was captured on cellphone video by another student and a camera installed on the bus.

Johnson says the school system’s transportation department is interviewing the driver, and reviewing the security video, to ensure protocols were followed.

Myles said he wished other students on the bus had come to his rescue.

“I feel pretty sad. I’m pretty scared to get back on the bus,” he said.

>>Read more @WTOP  and Fox 5 DC

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Instead of holiday cheer, top Maryland pols exchanged angry letters

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According to Washington Post article by Mr. Bill Turque, Instead of sharing some eggnog or perhaps a round of caroling on the streets of Annapolis, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. are celebrating the season with a highly public exchange of letters that make clear their mutual contempt.

On the surface, the spat between the two Democrats involves portable air-conditioning units for Baltimore County schools. But the deeper clash is about Franchot’s view of his role as an aggressive guardian of the public interest and Miller’s assessment that the comptroller is a headline-hunting opportunist who sticks his beak into local affairs for political gain.

Franchot, who often allies himself with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, has pushed for months to change rules barring the use of state construction funds for portable units to cool sweltering classrooms in buildings without central air. He wrote to Miller (D-Calvert) and House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) on Dec. 11 to express his displeasure that the state Senate’s representative on the Interagency Committee on School Construction had moved to delay action so that lawmakers could have more time to consider the issue.

Franchot said he would be happy “to facilitate a discussion between the leadership of your respective chambers, and the children, families, employees and teachers who continue to suffer under conditions that none of us would ever tolerate within our own places of employment.”

Busch’s response, if there was one, has remained private. But Miller wrote a letter this week that quickly found its way into reporters’ inboxes, saying he was “puzzled” by Franchot’s “overly dramatic and unnecessary adversarial tone.”

He mentioned a Dec. 8 Washington Post story about millions of dollars in Montgomery County income tax revenue that Franchot’s office mistakenly sent to other county municipalities, and he wrote that the General Assembly should hold a hearing about problems in the comptroller’s office.
“You seem increasingly content to pursue your personal and political interests and seem to delight in basking in the glow of press releases while ignoring your constitutionally mandated duties,” Miller wrote.

On Thursday, Franchot delivered his own season’s greetings. He defended his office, which he said has earned both statewide and national recognition for service to taxpayers, reflecting “our time-honored commitment to what I call ‘The Three Rs: Respect, Responsiveness and Results.’ ”

The three-term comptroller also noted that he had been reelected in 2014 with 63 percent of the vote in what proved to be a bad year for Maryland Democrats — “particularly for state and local candidates in Calvert County [part of Miller’s senatorial district] where your political tutelage catapulted our party’s gubernatorial nominee to 30 percent of the general election vote.”

Franchot suggested that Miller — an 11-term incumbent and the longest-serving state Senate president in the country — was angry not about the air conditioners, but about Franchot’s closeness with the state’s Republican governor.

“Based on some of your more recent private comments to me — the contents of which I shall not repeat for fear they shall be reposted in family media outlets — my sense is that your sudden and newfound concerns over the performance of my office are actually based on my well-documented willingness to reach across partisan lines,” he wrote.

Franchot warned that ignoring conditions in Baltimore County schools would place Democrats on the wrong side of an important issue at a time when they should be marshaling support. “Put more directly, senator, it would be a staggering display of political incompetence that neither your caucus members nor the Democratic Party as a whole can afford right now.”

Franchot ended on a jolly note.

“I look forward to hearing from you and, in case we don’t speak in the days to come, I’d like to wish you and your beautiful family a Merry Christmas.”

Major Need for inspector General with prosecuting powers

In the meantime, Maryland lawmakers have created a commission on school construction policies after many years of not being accountable to the public. Most of the money such as billions pouring into Prince George’s County public schools has been mismanaged over the years. So the commission is the way to go for now but an inspector general with powers to make arrests and prosecute in Federal court not the state court is the key to change Maryland.

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PGCPS Principal of French immersion school is removed

2DE8B97D00000578-0-image-a-2_1446124756953Removed: Nasser Abi (pictured) has been removed from his position of principal at a prestigious Maryland school after several parents claimed a kindergarten teacher was spanking students

A principal has been temporarily removed from his job at a prestigious Maryland school after several parents claimed a kindergarten teacher was spanking students.

Parents are accusing the principal at Dora Kennedy French Immersion School, Nasser Abi, of not taking action after he learned of the allegations, NBC Washington reported.

Xander Faber claims that his daughter told him that his son was spanked in front of their kindergarten class by the teacher.

‘He was struck by his teacher until he cried,’ Faber told NBC Washington.

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The father also shared that the teacher reportedly hit another boy even harder after hitting his son.

The family filed a written report about the incident with the principal immediately.

‘There were kids who knew who the hitting teacher was in school,’ Faber told NBC Washington. ‘Why is that even a thing?’

The teacher continued teaching at the distinguished school, despite the Fabers filing a report.

In the meantime, the story has gone global and PGCPS as usual is reputing allegations despite overwhelming evidence of wrong doing in the county through the Washington Post. This way, they can cover up their own tracks and continue with the diabolical agenda. This is PGCPSMESS at best!

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PGCPS teen charged as an adult in killing of family friend

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According to Washington Post, Police have charged a Fort Washington teenager with fatally stabbing a 44-year-old family friend after an argument escalated into an attack Sunday night, Prince George’s County police said.

Authorities charged 17-year-old Draeton Hawkins of the 2900 block of Tucker Road as an adult on first and second degree murder charges in the killing of Keith Anthony Williams.

Police found Williams, who lived on Newmont Street in Fort Washington, dead inside his car after police were called to the 2900 block of Tucker Road for a single car crash about 9:45 p.m. Officials said that Hawkins and Williams got into an argument that escalated into the stabbing. Williams then got into his car to flee, but crashed a short distance away.

 Hawkins is being held on a no-bond status. Police did not reveal the nature of their argument.
Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
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PGCPS Last in Maryland – Test scores released.

huge gap between neighboring counties shows a shocking discovery about Prince George’s County.

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New Common Core test results released by the state of Maryland show a huge gap between neighboring Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

The math and English results for children in third through eighth grade were released Tuesday by the Maryland Department of Education.

The tests, named PARCC, adhere to new Common Core national standards. They are more difficult than many standardized tests given in the past.

Students received a score of between one and five on the tests, with students who received a four or five being labeled as “proficient.”

Statewide, 39 percent of Maryland students scored as proficient in English, while just 29 percent were proficient in math.

Montgomery County bested the state averages — 46 percent of its students were proficient in English, while 37 percent were proficient in math.

Meanwhile Prince George’s County fell far below the state averages. Twenty-five percent of the students there were proficient in English, while just 15 percent were proficient in math.

Several Prince George’s County schools saw test scores far lower than those numbers. For instance, at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Marlow Heights, only 11 percent of the students tested were proficient in English, and just 3 percent were proficient in math.

At Clinton Grove Elementary School in Clinton, only 8 percent of the students tested were proficient in English, and just 2 percent scored as proficient in math.

The PARCC tests are new in Maryland. They replace the Maryland School Assessment tests given in past years.  To find out more about your schools’ test scores head on over to the attached links.

The results is a clear testimony the county schools are not doing well as they should.

The selection of CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell in a non transparent manner in what appears to be an effort to cover up wrong doing among the senior PGCPS staff and the schools, was not good for democracy and accountability initiatives in Prince George’s County.

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CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell has not acted with honor after he engaged in cover ups to hide questionable activity within the county school system. The scores are a clear testimony of his character after he duped the county citizenry he was qualified with high marks. The high salary he has been awarded and bonuses only for the county schools to turn out last in Maryland, is not justified.   

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Hite: Pa. school plan is ‘a recipe for disaster’

20151102-HiteCaught red handed by the republican law makers engaged in a variety illegal activities, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. misled that Philadelphia has begun turnarounds – including charter conversions – at more than 30 schools in the past several years, despite extreme budget challenges. STEPHANIE AARONSON / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The Republican-dominated legislature in Pennsylvania passed a radical bill that could lead to the closure of public schools in Philadelphia.

The district superintendent William Hite who messed up the Prince George’s county public school District before fleeing to Philadelphia called the bill “a recipe for disaster” after the Republican caught him red handed mismanaging the district through a variety of illegal activity including eliminating seniority of staff to problems with charters schools etc.

The bill “Aimed squarely at the Philadelphia School District, the “opportunity schools” language would remove from local control up to five low-performing schools per year.

“The state Department of Education would seize the struggling Philadelphia schools for at least three years, with the option to either turn the schools over to either a charter or outside manager or close them outright….

“Forcing the district to lose five schools per year – and possibly creating that many more charters – would deepen the very financial problems that cause lawmakers to be skeptical of Philadelphia.”

The district has been controlled by the state since 2001.

Inquirer Staff Writer reports that; 

Tucked into a late-night school-code bill passed by the Pennsylvania Senate this week are details that some education watchers – including the Philadelphia superintendent – say could cripple city schools.

Aimed squarely at the Philadelphia School District, the “opportunity schools” language would remove from local control up to five low-performing schools per year.

The state Department of Education would seize the struggling Philadelphia schools for at least three years, with the option to either turn the schools over to either a charter or outside manager or close them outright.

Both Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry Jordan on Friday sounded alarms over the provisions – which all Philadelphia senators voted for, seemingly as part of a budget deal that would bring to the district a $100 million boost in state aid.

Long wary of Philadelphia and its schools, some Harrisburg Republicans have demanded increased accountability in exchange for more funds.

Hite noted that Philadelphia has begun turnarounds – including charter conversions – at more than 30 schools in the past several years, despite extreme budget challenges.

“I do question why there is specific legislation just for Philadelphia when probably no one else in the Commonwealth has turned around the number or percentage of schools we have,” the superintendent said in an interview. “There’s no proof that there’s no will to do this here. What we haven’t had is the revenue.”

Hite, who said the district had trouble attracting a deep pool of charter organizations to take over three more district schools in the fall, questioned the wisdom of “just willy-nilly designating a number of schools to give to somebody or to do something with.”

He called it “a recipe for disaster.”

Forcing the district to lose five schools per year – and possibly creating that many more charters – would deepen the very financial problems that lawmakers have cited as reason to be skeptical of Philadelphia.

“I do worry that their requirements will create a larger problem, or larger structural deficit than the one we’re facing already,” Hite said.

Jeff Sheridan, Gov. Wolf’s spokesman, said the “opportunity schools” language was part of the budget compromise that the governor and the legislature had agreed on, but noted that the deal also provides record funding for school districts, including Philadelphia’s.

“Not everything in this budget is something we support or like,” Sheridan said. “But it’s long past time for there to be a budget and the number one priority for the governor is the historic increase in education funding – and that will be a huge boost for the Philadelphia school district.”

Jordan said at a Friday news conference that it was “outrageous that the Senate has voted to double down on this failed model.” The opportunity district is a version of a model that has had mixed success in places like New Orleans, Tennessee and Michigan.

The state formally took over Philadelphia schools in 2001, Jordan pointed out. If that move has not worked well, he asked, why gamble that a more intense version of takeover at some schools would work better?

“It’s no good,” Jordan said. “We don’t believe that Philadelphia’s schoolchildren should be put in another failed experiment.”

City Councilwoman-elect Helen Gym, a public school parent and longtime schools activist, joined Jordan in decrying the Senate’s move.

“Harrisburg legislators are going to war with Philadelphia over its public schools,” Gym said at the news conference. “The state is on a path, once again, for failure.”

State opportunity schools would clash with a rising movement in Philadelphia, Gym pointed out – community schools. In that model, school turnarounds would be driven by concentrating social services and other resources inside struggling district schools.

Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, and the PFT have pushed hard on community schools, which they trumpet as a grassroots solution to improve schools that have long failed children in the city’s toughest neighborhoods.

Gym called the opportunity schools move “a pretty right-wing, extremist play.”

Calls to the governor’s office were not immediately returned.

The bill awaits consideration by the state House.
Inquirer staff writer Angela Couloumbis contributed to this article.
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Prince George’s County PARCC Results Released for Elementary and Middle Schools

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The state summative English language arts/literacy tests are available in Grades 3-8 and high school. Students read and analyze passages from real texts — fiction and non-fiction — and sometimes watch video or listen to audio. They write, using what they’ve learned from the passages and multi-media to support their arguments. These skills are critically important for students in college and in the workplace.

In the past, students have typically been asked to write only once in each grade span — in elementary, middle, and high school. PARCC measures writing at every grade because it is key to showing readiness for the next academic work, and in high school, readiness for college and career.

The elementary and middle school test results for the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in English Language Arts/ Literacy (ELA) and mathematics are now available on the Maryland State Department of Education’s Maryland Report Card. According to the PGCPS news release, home reports will be distributed next Monday.

Maryland is one of a shrinking number of states because they have always cheated on the test. However, this year was different and they appear committed to using the new test, which was administered for the first time during the spring of the 2014-2015 school year.

Here are some key points from the data:

  • The PARCC scores are on a five-point scale, with a score of 4 indicating that the student “met expectations” and a score of 5 indicating that the student “exceeded expectations.”
  • According to the PGCPS news release, approximately 25% of PGCPS students in grades 3-8 scored a 4 or 5 on the PARCC ELA test, compared with nearly 40% of students in grades 3-8 in the state of Maryland.
  • Just under 15% of PGCPS students in grades 3-8 scored a 4 or 5 on the PARCC math test, compared with almost 30% of students statewide.
  • The difference between the performance of PGCPS students and Maryland students shrinks, however, when we look at specific subgroups (e.g. African-American students or students qualifying for free and reduced meals).
  • For example, among African-American 3rd graders, 22.2% of PGCPS students scored a 4 or 5 on the English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) test, compared with  23.6% of African-American 3rd graders in the state of Maryland. The difference between the county’s and state’s performance looks much larger when we do not disaggregate the data: Just 20.7% of all PGCPS 3rd graders scored a 4 or 5 on the ELA test, compared with 38.1% of Maryland 3rd graders.
  • The achievement gap between racial/ethnic groups is a  concern not only within PGCPS, but also across the state of Maryland. Special education students and students with limited English proficiency had very low success rates on the PARCC tests, compared with their peers.
  • There is a significant performance gap, in both Prince George’s County and the state of Maryland, between males and females on the ELA test. This gap shows up at all grade levels. In PGCPS, for example, 25.5% of 3rd-grade girls scored a 4 or 5 on the ELA test, while for boys the percentage was only 15.9%. In 8th grade, 36.5% of girls scored at a level 4 or 5, compared with only 19.9% of boys.
  • According to PGCPS Deputy Superintendent Shawn Joseph, quoted in a Washington Post article, the school system ranks 20th out of 24 school districts in the state on the percentage of students scoring at a level 4 or 5 on the PARCC ELA tests. “Our reading data tells us we’re no longer last or next to last, ” he said.
  • Besides countywide and statewide results, the results for individual schools are available on the Maryland Report Card website. (To find your school’s results, hover over the “School” tab, click on “Prince George’s County,” choose your school from the list, and then look under the “Assessments” heading.)

Learn more:

Read our story on the high school PARCC results, “PARCC Results Released for Prince George’s County,” published last month.

Read the PGCPS news release.

Read the Washington Post article, “Most Maryland Students in Grades 3 to 8 Not on Track in Math, New Tests Show.”

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