Area elementary schools acquit themselves well in MSAs
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 11:15

Three schools over 90 percent in reading, math

by Bill Gates

    Several elementary schools in Dundalk-Edgemere exceeded the Baltimore County and Maryland state averages for mathematics and reading proficiency scores, according to the 2012 Maryland State Assessment test scores released earlier this month.
    Overall, the percentage of elementary school students in Baltimore County scoring proficient or advanced in reading rose from 90.3 percent in 2011 to 90.7 percent in 2012.
    In mathematics, county elementary school students scoring proficient or advanced increased from 88.8 percent in 2011 to 90.8 percent in 2012.

The statewide average for reading proficiency is 88.2 percent, and for mathematics proficiency is 87.7 percent.
    “We have a lot to celebrate in Baltimore County,” Superintendent S. Dallas Dance said in a press release. “Our overall student performance continues to be strong, and when we examine sub-group performance we see healthy growth in the percentage of students scoring at proficient and advanced levels.”
    All but two of the 13 elementary schools in Dundalk-Edgemere met all of their Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO).
    The AMO scores replace the Adequate Yearly Progress used by the federal No Child Left Behind program.
    In AMO, schools are measured by targets that are specific to each school and subgroup within the school.
    Each school’s performance is be measured against itself rather than against other schools, and AMOs are unique for each school and subgroup.
    The AMO targets that schools must reach are percentage of reading proficiency, reading participation rate, percentage of math proficiency, math participation rate, and attendance.
    Additionally, each subgroup in the school must also attain the AMO for each category save attendance.
    The subgroups include American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; Black or African American; Hispanic/Latino of any race; Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; White; belong to two or more races; students qualifying for free/reduced meals; students in special education; and students with limited English proficiency.
    Schools usually do not have all sub-groups in their populations.
    Logan Elementary attained its AMO in all categories but for one subgroup in reading proficiency and five sub-groups in math proficiency.
    Norwood only failed to meet its AMO in one subgroup for reading proficiency.
    Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders in each school were tested for reading and mathematics proficiency.
    Charlesmont, Chesapeake Terrace and  Grange elementaries  scored 90 percent or higher in all six categories.
    Charlesmont Elementary had the highest possible reported score in six categories, getting 95 percent in third- and fourth-grade math and reading, and 95 percent in fifth-grade reading.
    That is the maximum score published publicly, due to privacy rules. Officially, the score is reported as plus/minus 95 percent.
    (On the other end, the lowest score would be reported as plus/minus five percent.)
    Charlesmont had a 92.3 percent in fifth-grade math proficient and advanced percentage.
    Chesapeake Terrace scored plus/minus 95 percent in third, fourth and fifth-grade math.
    It had a percentage of 92.7 percent in both third and fourth-grade reading proficiency, and 94.4 in fifth-grade reading.
    Grange also scored a plus/minus 95 percent in mathematics for all three grades, while third-grade reading had a 94.2 percentage, the fourth grade was at 93.8 percent, and fifth grade at 90.5 percent.
    Bear Creek, Berkshire and Edgemere elementaries scored over 90 percent in five of the six categories.
    In mathematics proficiency, Bear Creek’s third, fourth and fifth grades had percentages of 90.5, 93.3 and 94.5, respectively.
    Bear Creek’s fourth and fifth-graders both scored plus/minus 95 percent in reading, while the third grade was at 83.6 percent.
    Berkshire’s third-, fourth- and fifth-graders had reading proficiency and advanced percentages of plus/minus 95, 90.5 and plus/minus 95, respectively.
    The third grade had a plus/minus 95 percent in mathematics, while the fourth grade was 92.1 percent and the fifth grade scored 89.6 percent.
    Edgemere also came within a few percentage points of scoring 90 percent or better in each category, missing only by a score of 89.7 percent in third grade reading proficiency.
    The Edgemere fourth and fifth graders each scored plus/minus 95 percent in reading, while the scores in mathematics for the third, fourth and fifth grades were plus/minus 95, 94.5 and 94.6 percent, respectively.
    The Maryland School Assessment is a mandatory assessment of reading and mathematics achievement that is administered in the spring of each year to students in thrid through eighth grades.
    For complete tests results for each school, visit