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JHU Policy Institute to Discuss Maryland Statewide Test Results

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October 27, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Johns Hopkins University School of Education and area educators will hold a forum next month to discuss Baltimore and Maryland results on the new Partnership for Assessments for College and Careers (PARCC) high school assessment test.

The meeting, originally scheduled for this week, will be Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the School of Education, 2800 N. Charles Street in Baltimore, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The new date will allow for discussion of the scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and for the Baltimore PARCC results, which are being released later than expected.

David Steiner, executive director of the newly established Institute for Education Policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, will lead the meeting.

“The dual focus of our forum will be on Maryland and the city of Baltimore,” said Steiner, a former commissioner of education for New York State. “The panel will look at how Maryland’s test scores look in comparison with other PARCC states, and Baltimore with other urban districts.”

Representatives from PARCC and a panel of state and city education leaders will review the results of the test, administered for the first time statewide last spring. For more information or to register for the event, visit JHU Forum.

The PARCC assessments, developed by a consortium of states that comprise PARCC, have replaced the state standardized test known as the MSA. They are designed to provide a better measure of student progress and should assist teachers and parents in determining where students need additional help. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of students’ content knowledge in various subject areas

The Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy provides policy-makers with high-quality research, commissions new research that responds to real-world needs, advises national and state organizations on proven interventions that narrow persistent achievement gaps, and provides an independent forum that brings stakeholders together for constructive dialogue on students’ educational outcomes.

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