Area students beat state scores in three categories

October 06, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

Administrators on Tuesday gave the Washington County Board of Education an appraisal of how county students did on the Maryland School Assessment and the High School Assessment.

Scores on the tests previously were released to the public but were analyzed in further detail during Tuesday's board meeting.

For tests taken during the 2003-04 academic year, Washington County students surpassed state High School Assessments pass rates in three of the four categories tested, but lagged in English, a written staff report said. Washington County Public Schools posted increases in all four areas, however.

Students have been taking the tests for the past three years, but they have not been required to pass them in order to graduate. Beginning with the class of 2009, students will be required to pass the assessments to get their high school diplomas.


On the Maryland School Assessment, 41 of 43 Washington County schools met the state Adequate Yearly Progress goals, the staff report said.

Boonsboro Middle School and Bester Elementary School were put in the category of "Schools on Alert" because they did not meet the goal.

Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said after the meeting that she was pleased, overall, with how the students did, but she wants to see further improvement.

"I think they did well, but we still have a long way to go," Morgan said.

She said she especially wants to see improvement in English on the High School Assessment.

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