From Harford County Public Schools:
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) data for all students in each district across the state was released August 22, 2017, on www.mdreportcard.org.
PARCC exams are the assessments aligned to Maryland’s College and Career Ready Standards, which set higher standards for student learning. This is the third year for PARCC testing. The assessments go beyond the fill-in-the-blank and multiple-choice models of standardized tests by emphasizing the need for students to demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, and clear writing. PARCC assessments are scored by five performance levels, where a performance level of 4 indicates the student met the expectations and a performance level of 5 indicates the student exceeded the expectations.
During the 2016-17 school year, middle school students enrolled in Algebra I participated in the PARCC Algebra I assessment, and middle school students enrolled in Geometry participated in the PARCC Geometry assessment. Therefore, this group of students’ results are part of their respective subjects and not their grade level.
PARCC resources for parents and guardians are available on the school system’s website, hcps.org, by clicking the ‘Maryland College & Career-Ready Standards and PARCC’ button on the left-hand side of
Individual student reports will be released September 12, 2017. Further information regarding the individual student reports can be located at www.understandthescore.org.
Can a van drive them away says
Here are the results of what Barbara and her crack team of misfits have done to the county school system. Central office has as much direction (and looks as rediculous) as a dog chasing it’s tail. The only true focus they have refined is blame-shifting.
You idiot have you looked at the state results?
just sayin says
They do include Baltimore City. A better comparison would be minus the city scores or against similar counties.
Which way did he go says
Meanwhile, Farmer Earl with his school busses supplied to the school as a contractor is getting rich quick, paying semi retired drivers a low wage and no benefits.
Yep, I’m jealous too. It’s a good gimmick.
RU Kidding says
If I understand correctly, most of the teaching curriculum revolves around this testing. How is “critical thinking” taught? It’s time the governor puts pressure on the school board to end Common Core Standards and return to educating our children, not educating them for tests. Oh, but that would mean a loss in federal dollars to the school system now wouldn’t it? We can see where the priority in education lies and it’s not our children.
The public school education of the 40’s and 50’s was the foundation for learning used by those who sent man to the moon in the 60’s. I cannot imagine ANY reason we aren’t using those same books, tests and lesson plans today. Sure, we would need to add a bit to the history and social studies curriculum but the STEM foundation those students received so long ago enabled that generation to accomplish monumental engineering successes well before the invention of the computer. Those “old fashioned” methods of teaching were demonstrably successful. No rational reason exists for the constant changing of things just for the sake of change.
Today’s public education system is instead regrettably being driven by the teachers unions desire for more money and political desires to somehow “prove” that every child is above average.
It is real easy says
Few people want to be a teacher and most who get hired do so as a temporary job before they start a career elsewhere. I can’t blame them. Once teachers became the target of blame for poor parenting, political incompetence, poor management and fiscal mess, teaching became the job choice of last resort for most – not to mention the insane price of a college education and poor pay.
On the Fence says
Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. Being a teacher is a shit job these days. All aspects of the job suck real bad.
There’s no benefit from “summer vacation” either. Realistically the 2-3 weeks of time off aren’t worth nothing and just delay the inevitable of being miserable.
Im not a teacher hater, My wife quit teaching after years and got a job in a computer information field. Believe me, every job has it’s problems but way less bureaucracy, way more pay, no more shitty supervisors, no more shitty parents, no more shitty students.
Its hard work, but if you got dedication you can study, make yourself a good candidate and still maintain your current job until you’re selected to do something else.
My advice if even for one instance you think about leaving, do it. You’ll be telling yourself, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”
Harford County Citizen says
YEAH! The Teacher’s earn a raise! Harford deserves more money now as our kids will become stressed out ONCE AGAIN with this God Forsaken test comes back around this school year! Great job.