Prince George's County Public Schools
News Release

Prince George’s County Public Schools • www.pgcps.org
Dr. Monica Goldson, Interim Chief Executive Officer | email: ceo@pgcps.org
14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
June 29, 2011
For Immediate Release
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Prince George's County Public Schools Continue to Close Achievement Gap
PGCPS Continues to Make MSA Gains

Gains Made by African Americans and Hispanic Students Further Reduces the Achievement Gap

Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) continue the trend of making gains on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA), according to the 2011 MSA results released today by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

"Over the past few years, our students, teachers, and administrators have demonstrated their pursuit of steady progress," said Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq., Chair, Prince George’s County Board of Education. "I commend our teachers for their dedicated work and our students for meeting their academic goals as we continue to improve teaching and learning."

“I am very proud of our students, teachers, parents, and support staff of the Prince George’s Public Schools for their hard work in achieving these significant improvements in MSA scores,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “Education is the top priority of my administration and I look forward to working with Dr. Hite and the Board of Education as we continue to make strides in education.”  

Reading scores show that 84 percent of fifth graders and 83 percent of fourth graders are reading at a proficient or advanced level. Seventy-one (71) percent of eighth graders scored proficient, up from 67 percent last year.

Woodridge Elementary School made the highest gains in reading, making an impressive leap from 74.2 percent in 2010 to 90.8 percent in 2011, increasing by 16.6 percentage points. Following their lead was Hillcrest Heights Elementary School with a 16.2 percentage point increase, moving from 59.9 percent in 2010 to 76.2 percent in 2011.

In math, 84 percent of fourth graders scored proficient or advanced. Seventh graders jumped 6 percentage points, making the most gains from 2010 to 2011. While six graders showed a 3 percentage point decline in reading, moving from 81 percent in 2010 to 78 percent in 2011, they maintained 73 percent proficient or advanced in math.

"While there is still much more work ahead, I am proud of the progress we are making in our school district," said Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., Superintendent of Schools. "Not only are we increasing our overall performance, we are reducing gaps in achievement between African American and White students as well as our Hispanic and White students.  Utilizing our collaborative planning and data inquiry model, our teachers are tying data to the improvement of instruction to review, reteach, and assess; ensuring our students have the necessary skills they need to succeed."

Schools show gains in reading and math

Carmody Hills Elementary School made a 15.3 percentage point gain in reading, moving from 66 percent in 2010 to 81.3 percent in 2011. Elementary schools with MSA scores improving by 10 percentage points or more in reading include:  

SCHOOL

2010 READING

2011 READING

GAIN

Woodridge ES

74.2%

90.8%

16.6%

Hillcrest Heights ES

59.9%

76.2%

16.2%

Carmody Hills ES

66.0%

81.3%

15.3%

James H. Harrison ES

69.6%

81.6%

12.0%

High Bridge ES

67.0%

78.7%

11.6%

Panorama ES

69.2%

80.6%

11.4%

Dodge Park ES

80.8%

91.7%

10.9%

Glenridge ES

72.9%

83.4%

10.5%

Langley Park-McCormick ES

75.5%

85.5%

10.0%

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In math, Panorama Elementary School has shown significant gains in achievement, moving from 65.2 percent in 2010 to 78 percent in 2011. For the past two years, Panorama has steadily improved on the MSA, which allowed them to leave School Improvement status this year. Fort Foote Elementary School jumped from 76.8 percent in 2010 to 89.8 percent in 2011, and Lincoln Public Charter is up 13.2 percent from last year. Elementary schools with MSA scores improving by 10 percentage points or more in math include:

 

SCHOOL

2010 MATH

2011 MATH

GAIN

Lincoln Public Charter

42.6%

55.8%

13.2%

Fort Foote ES

76.8%

89.8%

13.0%

Panorama ES

65.2%

78.0%

12.8%

Capitol Heights ES

78.1%

89.5%

11.4%

Hillcrest Heights ES

59.2%

70.3%

11.1%

Melwood ES

68.4%

78.6%

10.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 In reading, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School made a 7.9 percentage point gain, moving from 80.3 percent in 2010 to 88.2 percent in 2011. Middle schools showing significant gains include:

 

SCHOOL

2010 READING

2011 READING

GAIN

Martin Luther King Jr. MS

80.3%

88.2%

7.9%

Kenmoor MS

65.8%

73.6%

7.8%

Ernest Everett Just MS

75.2%

82.2%

7.0%

2010 MATH

2011 MATH

GAIN

Ernest Everett Just MS

46.3%

57.3%

11.0%

Greenbelt MS

47.5%

57.8%

10.3%

Martin Luther King Jr. MS

69.7%

79.0%

9.3%

Kenmoor MS

51.9%

60.9%

8.9%

Thomas Johnson MS

43.3%

50.5%

7.2%

Charles Carroll MS

49.1%

56.3%

7.2%

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"We are determined to close the achievement gap in our district," said Dr. Hite. "High student achievement is, and will always be, our top priority."

Nine elementary schools are at 90 percent proficient or above in math, and 24 schools are at 90 percent proficient or above in reading. Heather Hills, White Hall, and Tulip Grove elementary schools are the top three elementary schools who have the highest percentage points in both reading and math on the MSA.

Overall, the latest MSA data shows a five-year trend of steady gains in reading and math test scores. Data shows that fifth graders have made significant gains in reading since 2007 with a jump of 22 percentage points. In math, sixth graders have increased 18 percentage points over the past five years, from 55 percent to 73 percent in 2011.

 

MSA ReadingMSA Math

Links:
Maryland Report Card 

 


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About PGCPS: Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 207 schools and centers, more than 134,000 students and 22,000 employees. Under the leadership of Dr. Monica Goldson, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for college and career-readiness programs that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including dual enrollment and language immersion.


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