Test Scores Down, NAACP Frowns (Demo)

County 1 made $206k donation to County Exec. Rushern Baker without reporting it?  New Board of Education CEO, Dr. Kevin Maxwell, hasn’t done enough for achievement gap, Maryland Test scores are in and they have dropped
Money BurningCounty 1 has a dizzying, twisty turn filled path of donations and maybe that’s why the money donated to the 2010 Baker campaign never was reported as a donation.  The Washington Post reported that “Maryland elections officials have given a committee that poured tens of thousands of dollars into Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III’s 2010 campaign until Aug. 10 to explain why it failed to report a $206,000 donation to his campaign treasury.  Jared DeMarinis, who heads the campaign finance office of the State Board of Elections, confirmed the request to County 1, a committee set up in 2010 for a slate of candidates made up of Baker (D) and three state delegates.”

Dr. Kevin Maxwell
Dr. Kevin Maxwell

NAACP is already salty with new BOE CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell for not closing the achievement gap between Blacks and whites while he was the Superintendent in Anne Arundel County. “The NAACP filed several federal and local complaints before and during Maxwell’s time as superintendent, [Anne Arundel NAACP President Jacqueline Boond] Alsop said. “The population is larger of African-Americans in Prince George’s County,” she said. “And what his plan is and how he plans to do it, I can’t answer that.”  Maxwell told News4 the gap continually closed under his leadership.  “The work that we’ve done has had some success,” he said. “We’d like to see that success even greater, but I believe I have a lot of experience and a lot of ability to bring to bear on that same issue in Prince George’s County.” Full story at NBC4.
teachers appleThe Maryland State Department of Education released bad news: The percentage of elementary students scoring at the proficient levels in reading fell slightly from 88.2 percent in 2012 to 86.4 percent this year, while the percentage of elementary students scoring in the proficient levels in mathematics dropped from 87.7 to 83.9 percent. The percentage of middle school students scoring at proficient levels in reading improved from 82.1 percent in 2012 to 83.4 percent this year, while mathematics scores in the proficient range fell from 76.2 to 72.2 percent.  
The Patch read the news release too and saw it this way, “Maryland school officials blamed the decline in numbers on the transition from the Maryland School Assessment test to the Common Core State Standards tests, set to be implemented in the 2014-2015 school year.  “We are in a transition period, both in Maryland and throughout the nation,” said State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery in a media release announcing the test results. “Maryland schools have been implementing the Common Core State Standards in reading and mathematics, but new assessments aligned to the curriculum will not be ready for use until the 2014-15 school year. This misalignment will certainly affect our scores this year and next.”

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