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Narrow State Assessment Performance Gaps by Half by 2030

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The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has set long term targets for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics performance. By 2030, the goal is to reduce the percentage of non-proficient students by half. Annual school system academic achievement targets are aligned with the long term target and each student group’s progress is monitored. As each group reduces non-proficient students, achievement gaps will narrow.

Elementary School Targets

Students in grades 3-5 participate in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) math and ELA each year. Students who qualify for the alternate assessment program, participate in the Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) for math and ELA in the same grade levels. The table below represents the annual targets for grades 3-5 students.

Table 1: Elementary School Annual Targets - ELA
Student Group 2017 2018 2019 Target 2019 Result Met Target
All Students 57.6% 56.5% 60.9% 57.8% N
Asian 72.6% 72.9% 74.7% 74.2% N
Black or African American 38.2% 36.9% 42.9% 38.5% N
Hispanic/Latino of any race 33.3% 32.2% 38.4% 35.8% N
Two or more races 58.9% 59.8% 62.0% 58.7% N
White 66.3% 65.0% 68.9% 67.0% N
Economically Disadvantaged
23.7% 26.6% 22.4% N
English Learner 24.9% 27.7% 30.6% 28.3% N
Special Education 16.9% 14.3% 23.3% 15.2% N
Table 2: Elementary School Annual Targets - Mathematics
Student Group 2017 2018 2019 Target 2019 Result Met Target
All Students 57.1% 57.5% 60.4% 56.7% N
Asian 79.6% 80.0% 81.1% 78.9% N
Black or African American 33.5% 33.5% 38.6% 32.5% N
Hispanic/Latino of any race 32.1% 29.8% 37.3% 32.4% N
Two or more races 57.5% 57.5% 60.7% 55.8% N
White 64.3% 66.8% 67.0% 66.6% N
Economically Disadvantaged
19.0% 22.1% 18.0% N
English Learner 33.9% 33.4% 39.0% 32.1% N
Special Education 20.1% 18.3% 26.2% 16.7% N

**The economically disadvantaged student group is a new classification for the 2018 school year.*

Middle Schools

Students in grades 6-8 participate in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) math and ELA each year. If a student is taking a high school mathematics course (Algebra I, Geometry or Algebra II), the PARCC assessment in that course is counted in the data. Students who qualify for the alternate assessment program, participate in the Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) for math and ELA in the same grade levels. The table below represents the annual targets for grades 6-8 students.

Table 3: Middle School Annual Targets - ELA
Student Group 2017 2018 2019 Target 2019 Result Met Target
All Students 56.2% 57.9% 59.6% 60.5% Y
Asian 75.4% 76.8% 77.3% 79.4% Y
Black or African American 31.3% 34.5% 36.6% 39.1% Y
Hispanic/Latino of any race 34.4% 35.4% 39.4% 38.6% N
Two or more races 60.9% 59.8% 63.9% 61.7% N
White 65.4% 67.4% 68.1% 69.4% Y
Economically Disadvantaged
22.2% 25.2% 24.6% N
English Learner 15.1% 15.7% 21.6% 14.0% N
Special Education 13.0% 14.2% 19.7% 15.4% N
Table 4: Middle School Annual Targets - Mathematics
Student Group 2017 2018 2019 Target 2019 Result Met Target
All Students 54.3% 55.2% 57.8% 53.7% N
Asian 77.8% 78.3% 79.5% 78.0% N
Black or African American 26.0% 26.9% 31.7% 26.7% N
Hispanic/Latino of any race 30.4% 29.1% 35.7% 28.4% N
Two or more races 56.0% 56.0% 59.4% 52.8% N
White 64.3% 66.8% 67.0% 64.4% N
Economically Disadvantaged
15.8% 19.1% 16.5% N
English Learner 17.9% 20.0% 24.2% 17.1% N
Special Education 16.5% 17.0% 22.9% 15.3% N

**The economically disadvantaged student group is a new classification for the 2018 school year.*

High Schools

High school state assessment data represents the proficiency achieved by a graduating class.

Students meet mathematics proficiency through one of the following: (1) Algebra I PARCC if the course is taken in high school, (2) SAT if Algebra I was taken in middle school, (3) Algebra II if the student never took SAT or Algebra I in high school. Student meet ELA proficiency through the English 10 PARCC assessment. Students who qualify for the alternate assessment program, participate in the Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) for math and ELA in 11th grade. The table below represents the annual targets for high school students.

Table 5: High School Annual Targets - ELA
Student Group 2017 2018 2019 Target 2019 Result Met Target
All Students 46.9% 60.2% 51.0% 70.7% Y
Asian 61.9% 73.1% 64.8% 83.0% Y
Black or African American 28.1% 37.9% 33.6% 48.9% Y
Hispanic/Latino of any race 30.9% 40.6% 36.2% 49.4% Y
Two or more races 46.1% 63.8% 50.2% 74.8% Y
White 53.6% 69.1% 57.2% 80.8 Y
Economically Disadvantaged
28.4% 31.1% 32.1% Y
English Learner 21.1% 14.6% 27.1% 16.4% N
Special Education 16.5% 15.7% 23.0% 25.5% Y
Table 6: High School Annual Targets - Mathematics
Student Group 2017 2018 2019 Target 2019 Result Met Target
All Students 60.2% 66.9% 63.2% 69.9% Y
Asian 77.6% 85.5% 79.3% 88.5% Y
Black or African American 35.5% 39.5% 40.5% 45.9% Y
Hispanic/Latino of any race 36.3% 39.3% 41.2% 43.7% Y
Two or more races 60.2% 68.7% 63.3% 69.2% Y
White 72.8% 78.3% 74.9% 80.2% Y
Economically Disadvantaged
27.3% 30.1% 30.9% Y
English Learner 39.5% 29.9% 44.1% 30.1% N
Special Education 19.3% 22.0% 23.0% 25.5% Y

**The economically disadvantaged student group is a new classification for the 2018 school year.*

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