Picture this: You’re driving along the interstate with a skyline view of Baltimore to your right when, out of nowhere, a car being operated by no one in particular pops up in the lane to your left.
Dozens of parents told legislators Wednesday that the entire Common Core curriculum ought to be scrapped.
But even those who support the new education standards, such as school boards and the state teachers union, said the standardized tests scheduled this spring should be dropped since they’re not based on the new curriculum.
With schools strongly encouraging more and more students to sit for the Advanced Placement tests, you’d expect pass rates to drop from the less prepared or less motivated students not scoring as high. Well that’s not what happened in Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS), exactly.
On February 14, BCPS released their good news that 63.8 percent of their AP test takers scored the passing 3 or higher. This is significantly better than both state (59.0 percent) and national (55.8 percent) averages.
Compared to the 2010 results, the percentage of BCPS students who received a 3 or above decreased from 66.4 percent to 63.8 percent in 2011. However, the percentage of graduating seniors who took at least one exam rose from 35 percent in 2010 to 36.6 percent in 2011. While the overall pass rate dipped, BCPS still outperformed and outnumbered the nation. Only 30.2 percent of students across the country took an AP exam last year.
Judging from the College Board of Advanced Placement’s “8th Annual AP Report to the Nation,” the class of 2011 deserves a pat on the back. More that 18 percent of the nation’s class of 2011 scored a 3 or higher on an AP test during their high school career.