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Maryland School Assessment results for grades 3 through 8

July 24, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

o Testing done, where do schools go from here?

Results of the 2010 Maryland School Assessment tests for grades 3 through 8 were released Tuesday.

This included math and reading results for 32 elementary and middle schools in Washington County. Results for Hancock Middle School students will not be available until High School Assessment results are released in August or September because the school is a joint middle and high school.

Tuesday's release included data on whether schools, student subgroups and grade levels met Adequate Yearly Progress goals set for the 2010 school year.

Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, is based on the percentage of students who score at or above the proficiency level on Maryland School Assessment Tests.

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According to state data, six Washington County schools failed to meet AYP in 2010.

o Bester Elementary School didn't meet proficiency standards for all students in reading. It also didn't meet reading standards for white students who are not of Hispanic origin, special education students, and students who receive free or reduced-price meals.

o Williamsport Elementary School didn't meet reading and math proficiency standards for special education students.

o Winter Street Elementary School didn't meet reading proficiency standards for special education students.

o Northern Middle School didn't reach reading proficiency standards for African-American students, special education students, or students who receive free or reduced-price meals.

o Springfield Middle School didn't meet reading or math proficiency standards for special education students. It also didn't meet reading standards for students who receive free or reduced-price meals.

o Western Heights Middle School didn't meet proficiency standards for all students in reading. It also didn't meet reading or math standards for African-American students, special education students, or students who receive free or reduced-price meals.

There are several notable results from the recent data release. Some of those are highlighted below. The highlighted data does not include special education students' results. It represents other students who attended the school from Sept. 30, 2009, until the test day in March 2010 and who took the test.

o 100 percent of Pleasant Valley Elementary School's fourth-graders scored at the proficient level or better in reading or math in 2010. The previous year, 100 percent of the school's third-graders scored proficient or better.

o 100 percent of Hickory Elementary School's fifth-graders scored at the proficient level or better in reading and math in 2010. The previous year, 100 percent of the school's fourth-graders scored proficient or better on math, while 96.4 percent scored proficient or better in reading.

o Other grades in which 100 percent of students scored proficient or better in reading were third grade at Fountain Rock Elementary School and fourth grade at Greenbrier Elementary School.

o Other grades in which 100 percent of students scored proficient or better in math were fourth grades at Old Forge and Sharpsburg elementary schools.

o The lowest percent proficient for any Washington County elementary grade-level was 58 percent for Bester Elementary School's fifth-graders in reading.

o The lowest percent proficient level for any Washington County middle school grade-level was 58.3 percent for Western Heights Middle School's eighth-graders in math.

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