Balto. Co. pupils' scores on MSPAP exams improve

December 22, 1997|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County students performed better than the state average in every category on the 1997 Maryland School Performance Assessment Program exams, according to school-by-school results released last week.

Third-, fifth- and eighth-graders improved their overall scores on the exams that make up a portion of the state's annual progress report, with students in all three grades gaining in reading, science and social studies.

Baltimore County third-graders also improved in writing, math and language usage, fifth-graders gained in language usage and eighth-graders performed better in math.

But county fifth-graders slipped slightly in writing and math, and eighth-graders declined in language usage. Eighth-grader writing scores were not released because of a statewide scoring error.

The MSPAP exams -- given each spring -- are intended to test the thinking skills of third-, fifth- and eighth-graders in six subject areas by asking them to apply basic skills to real problems.

County students ranked eighth in Maryland on the 1997 exams, improving from 13th in 1996. County students posted the biggest gain in the Baltimore area on the tests.

Pub Date: 12/22/97

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