Reading and math scores on Maryland’s standardized tests for elementary and middle school students dropped statewide in 2013, a decline educators blame on the transition to new national academic standards that they say do not align with the old exams.
A Washington Post analysis of test data that the state released Tuesday shows that almost every Maryland county saw test scores falter at the elementary and middle school levels.
Montgomery County saw some of the sharpest declines, including a 12 percent drop in the number of students who passed the state’s third-grade math exam. Montgomery’s overall passing rate for elementary math and reading fell nearly four percentage points overall — to 87 percent — the lowest rate the school system has seen in the past six years. Prince George’s County remained near the bottom of the state list, falling more than three percentage points at the elementary level and holding steady in middle school.