Dr. Lillian Lowery Embattled State Superintendent is currently presiding over deep-seated corruption in Maryland school system. She has demonstrated a culture of discrimination and racism while on the job. In the previous months, there has been a lot doctoring of scores to reflect falsified data in order to mislead the public.
The drops appear to have been influenced by policy changes in at least two large school systems — Baltimore and Prince George’s counties — that allowed every high school junior to be given the test.
With the school system paying for the test, Baltimore County had a 58 percent increase in test takers and saw scores drop about 50 points on each section of the test — critical reading, math and writing.
The school system expected to see dramatic drops but wanted to remove barriers, said Russell Brown, chief accountability officer for Baltimore County Public Schools.
“It is a push to afford that opportunity to all students. Many students find the additional cost to be a burden,” Brown said. “It communicates to the students an expectation of college and career readiness.”
Statewide, the average score dropped 5 points in each section to 492 in critical reading, 495 in math and 481 in writing. The national average was 5 points higher in critical reading, 18 points higher in math and 6 points higher in writing. The highest score on each section of the test, which is administered by the New York-based College Board, is 800.
The number of students who took the test in Maryland increased by 3 percent.
Officials from the Maryland State Department of Education declined to be interviewed about the scores.