LANHAM – Prince George’s County Public School’s students saw an across-the-board drop in their Maryland State Assessment scores from last year.
For elementary school reading scores 77.6 percent of students scored “proficient” or better in 2014, compared to 79.4 percent of students in 2013. Math scores also saw a significant drop with 65.9 percent of students scoring proficient or better in 2014, almost 10 percent less than the year before when 75.5 percent of students attained a proficient or better score.
The reading scores for middle school students dropped from 75.7 percent of student scoring proficient or better in 2013 down to 71.9 of students in 2014. 48.5 percent of students scored proficient or better in math thisyear, down from 60.1 percent last year.
Max Pugh, spokesman for PGCPS, said the MSA no longer aligns with what is being taught and the drop in test scores is directly related to changes in the curriculum.
“A classroom of students in nearly every elementary and middle school in PGCPS took the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career field test and was excluded from the MSA scores,” Pugh said. “We will see a more accurate assessment of our students' proficiency when the transition next year to the PARCC assessments is complete.”