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ERIC Number: ED506155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
General Achievement Trends: Maryland
Center on Education Policy
This general achievement trends profile includes information that the Center on Education Policy (CEP) and the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) obtained from states from fall 2008 through April 2009. Included herein are: (1) Bullet points summarizing key findings about achievement trends in that state at three performance levels--basic and above, proficient and above, and advanced; (2) Background information about limitations of the state's test data and characteristics of the state's testing system, including major changes in its testing system; (3) Figures and tables with the percentages of students scoring at the proficient level and above for all years with comparable data since 1999 and for all grades tested under the No Child Left Behind Act; and (4) Figures and tables with percentages of students performing at three achievement levels--basic, proficient, and advanced--for all years with comparable data and for grades 4, 8, and 10 (or adjacent grades, in the case of states that lack comparable trend data for these default grades. Maryland has made a number of changes to its testing program in recent years. In 2008, Maryland changed its policy for reporting scores from high school exams. As a result, Maryland did not have three or more years of comparable data through 2007-08 for high school reading or math, so trends could not be determined. Trend lines for the elementary grade analyzed begin in 2004, and trend lines for middle school begin in 2003. In general, Maryland students made gains at the proficient and advanced achievement levels. Specific results include: (1) In reading and math, the percentage of students scoring at the proficient level and above increased at a moderate-to-large rate at the elementary and middle grades analyzed; and (2) In both reading and math, the percentage of students reaching the advanced level rose at a moderate-to-large rate at all grade levels analyzed (high school math and reading lacked sufficient data. (Contains 4 figures and 4 tables.) [For "State Test Score Trends through 2007-08, Part I: Is the Emphasis on 'Proficiency' Shortchanging Higher- and Lower-Achieving Students?," see ED506121. For "State Test Score Trends through 2007-08. Part II: Is There a Plateau Effect in Test Scores?," see ED506122.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; High Schools; Intermediate Grades; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center on Education Policy
Identifiers - Location: Maryland
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001