Small improvement seen in school assessments

Posted July 20, 2010 8:00 p.m. EDT
Updated July 27, 2010 7:38 p.m. EDT

— Results from the Maryland School Assessment tests show that statewide averages improved a bit in all categories except elementary school reading, which was down slightly.

According to results released Tuesday, elementary math scores, were up slightly as school systems began stressing science and math. But in seventh and eighth grades, scores were flat.

Middle school students had the largest overall gains; 82.8 percent were proficient in reading, up from 81.8 percent last year.

Rural and minority-dominated school systems were behind their wealthier suburban counterparts. Montgomery County students posting relatively strong results, but Prince George’s County ranked near the bottom of the state’s 24 school systems.

In Baltimore City and Baltimore County, poor, minority and immigrant students made greater gains than the rest of the population.

About 363,000 students took the exams this year.