State releases science scores, progress data

State releases science scores, progress data

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) released Maryland School Assessment (MSA) science scores and the School Progress Index (SPI) data for elementary and middle schools on Aug. 27 during the Maryland State Board of Education meeting.

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) scores on the MSA for science increased slightly, with fifth-grade scores rising 1.4 points to 64.4 percent. Eighth-grade scores increased to 68.4 percent, up 1.1 points.

The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires annual assessment on science at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Maryland tests students on the MSA science exam at the fifth- and eighth-grade levels, and assesses biology students in high school. Results on the biology exam will be released later this fall along with other high school data, according to MSDE.

Students have taken the science assessment since 2008, but it was not tied to school Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) accountability measures until last year, under the MSDE flexibility plan.

The state also released SPI indexes for elementary and middle schools. This is the final year of full MSA testing as school systems transition to the Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. Next school year, Maryland school systems will test students with a combination of MSA and the new statewide assessment, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). All students will be assessed using PARCC in the 2014-15 school year.

Four elementary schools, C. Paul Barnhart, Dr. James Craik, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon and Mary B. Neal, exceeded targeted goals as established by the state’s Annual Measurable Objective (AMO).

School Progress and MSA science data is available on the Maryland Report Card website,

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,700 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Connie W. Armstead, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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