System- and school-level results for the second year of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests were released Sept. 27. Wicomico students who took the PARCC in 2016 received home reports on the student’s results within the last two weeks.
The PARCC exams are considerably more rigorous than the Maryland School Assessment tests they replaced in 2015. From the first year of the PARCC test to the second year, statewide mathematics results reveal modest overall gains, while the English/language arts test scores showed little change.
In Wicomico County Public Schools:
- Wicomico County made significant gains (5 or more points) in the percent meeting and exceeding expectations on the 2016 PARCC Math for grades 3-8 and Algebra 1. All Wicomico County schools made gains in the percent meeting and exceeding expectations on the grades 5 and 7 PARCC Math.
- Wicomico County made gains in the percent meeting and exceeding expectations on the 2016 PARCC ELA (English Language Arts) for grades 3, 4, 6-8 and 10. Significant gains (5 or more points) were experienced in grades 4, 6, 7 and 10. All Wicomico schools made gains in the percent meeting and exceeding expectations on the grades 6 PARCC ELA.
- Although gains were made in both PARCC Math and ELA, we recognize that there is still room for improvement. Wicomico performs below Maryland at most grade levels. However, the growth in the percentage of Wicomico students demonstrating readiness for college and career by scoring on levels 4 and 5 is higher – sometimes much higher – than the state growth rate in the same category. Wicomico students are moving strongly toward showing college and career readiness on PARCC.
“We are very pleased with the progress that our students made on the 2016 PARCC Assessments, but we do recognize that there are still areas in which we need to continue to help our students improve,” said Dr. Margo Handy, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction.