Final Maryland School Assessment (MSA) Results Available Online; Schools Prepare for PARCC Assessments in 2015
The Maryland State Department of Education has made available online the final Maryland School Assessment (MSA) results showing that as expected, there was a decline in scores statewide due to a mismatch between the MSA and the new Maryland College and Career Ready Standards that tie in with the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments that will be given to all students starting in spring 2015.
The 2014 MSA was given last spring to all Maryland students in grades 3 through 8, in keeping with the federal requirement of annual student testing for accountability under the No Child Left Behind Act. After more than a decade of steady gains on the MSA, scores for Maryland students declined significantly on the Math MSA in 2014, with smaller declines on the Reading MSA.
The results are available online at www.mdreportcard.org. Home reports showing each Wicomico student’s performance on the MSA will be mailed to parents/guardians this summer. However, no student results will be available from the PARCC pilot assessment last spring.
The 2014 MSA Data must be interpreted with extreme caution, said Dr. John Fredericksen, Superintendent of Schools. The sample of scores is incomplete since students of differing levels participated in the PARCC pilot, and were not included in MSA results. In addition, instruction has shifted away from the standards measured by the MSA and towards the new Maryland College and Career Ready Standards, with some skills (in math, for instance) no longer taught in the grade at which MSA tests.
The 2014 MSA scores show that Wicomico is experiencing some of the same issues as the rest of the state as a result of the mismatch between the MSA tests and the curriculum:
- Wicomico students in Grades 3-8 declined in the percent proficient/advanced on the 2014 Reading MSA.
- The percent proficient/advanced on the 2014 Math MSA declined in grades 3-8.
- Significant achievement gaps continue at all grade levels in both subjects between African American/White, FARM/Non-FARM, and Special Education/Non-Special Education students.
- A significant gender gap continued on the Reading and Math MSA in grades 3-8, with females consistently outperforming males.