County's students excel on Md. tests

Assessment: Harford schoolchildren are making good progress in meeting state standards.

Education

October 24, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Harford County students outperformed the statewide average at every grade level on the most recent battery of statewide tests, and school officials say the results released show the system is on track toward all students eventually meeting the state's standards.

"I'm thrilled because we have across-the-board improvements, with only a couple of exceptions," said Superintendent Jacqueline C. Haas, who heads the 40,500-student system. "I think it shows the hard work of our teachers, who are doing everything to improve their daily classroom delivery."

Harford County high school students, in particular, scored well above the state standards on all four of the subject tests: biology, algebra, English and government. Harford students showed the greatest gains in biology, with 70.1 percent of them passing the test, compared with 59.4 percent last year and a state average of 60.9 percent.

Harford County 10th-graders also outperformed their peers statewide on the Maryland School Assessment geometry test. Countywide, 54.6 percent of sophomores reached the proficient or advanced levels, compared with 48 percent statewide.

The results were especially welcome, given that in January county school officials expressed concern that more than half of the nearly 3,000 high school test-takers had failed the English competency test. This time, 61.1 percent passed.

One exception, Haas said, is the performance of African-American students, who continue to score at considerably lower levels than their Asian and white classmates.

Only 28.1 percent of African-Americans achieved advanced or proficient levels on the geometry test, compared with 66.6 percent of Asian students and 59.1 percent of white students.

The same was true with the MSA reading and math exams for fourth-, sixth- and seventh-graders. The number of black students who met the state averages was significantly lower than white and Asian students.

"That's an area we've got to get better at addressing," Haas said. "It comes down to the classroom instruction issues and kids having different learning styles, which is where the challenge lies. We all know these kids are capable, but are we tapping into that?"

Graduation rates for the Harford Class of 2004 rose, to 86.7 percent this year from 85.2 percent last year. But attendance rates for high school students dropped slightly to 92.5 percent.

High School Report Card 2004

This table shows percentage of pupils passing the Maryland School Assessment test.

READING 10TH

2004 2003 Chg.

Maryland schools 66.0 61.4 4.6

Harford schools 78.8 73.1 5.7

Aberdeen 61.6 51.0 10.6

Alternative Center 28.6 .0 28.6

Bel Air 87.0 84.3 2.7

C. Milton Wright 87.8 85.8 2.0

Edgewood 66.9 61.3 5.6

Fallston 88.2 80.6 7.6

Harford Technical 85.3 77.8 7.5

Havre de Grace 74.9 63.8 11.1

Joppatowne 65.2 58.1 7.1

North Harford 84.1 81.6 2.5

Cecil schools 67.2 66.2 1.0

Bohemia Manor 75.0 74.3 .7

Elkton 65.0 58.4 6.6

North East 61.4 60.3 1.1

Perryville 62.2 63.2 -1.0

Rising Sun 77.7 77.4 .3

Middle School Report Card 2004

This table shows percentage of pupils passing the Maryland School Assessment test.

READING 8TH MATH 8TH

2004 2003 Chg. 2004 2003 Chg.

All schools 63.8 59.9 3.9 45.8 39.7 6.1

Harford schools 66.3 71.2 -4.9 50.6 49.1 1.5

Aberdeen 49.9 57.0 -7.1 31.1 23.9 7.2

Alternative Center .0 .0 .0

Bel Air 82.6 82.7 -.1 71.5 62.1 9.4

Edgewood 47.0 54.7 -7.7 25.2 29.3 -4.1

Fallston 82.3 82.2 .1 67.9 68.3 -.4

Havre de Grace 57.0 67.7 -10.7 40.2 42.3 -2.1

Magnolia 60.3 54.2 6.1 35.6 30.4 5.2

North Harford 71.2 75.7 -4.5 57.1 59.5 -2.4

Southampton 74.0 84.8 -10.8 64.7 62.1 2.6

Cecil schools 63.7 63.7 .0 51.8 46.5 5.3

Bohemia Manor 66.0 65.5 .5 52.2 50.3 1.9

Cherry Hill 64.0 64.0 .0 53.5 43.2 10.3

Elkton 66.3 63.0 3.3 52.2 48.2 4.0

North East 59.2 56.5 2.7 49.8 40.5 9.3

Perryville 59.8 60.7 -.9 45.1 38.9 6.2

Rising Sun 71.4 75.0 -3.6 60.5 60.1 .4

Maryland Elementary School Report Card 2004

This table shows percentage of pupils passing the Maryland School Assessment test.

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