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Maryland Makes Education Gains, SREB Report Says

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The Southern Regional Education Board works with 16 member states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Based in Atlanta, SREB was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to help leaders in education and government advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region.

Maryland Leads Nation in Reading and Math Improvement, Makes Other Education Gains, SREB Report Says

Atlanta, Georgia - June 26, 2012 - Maryland significantly improved public education by several key measures in the last decade, according to a new report from the Southern Regional Education Board.

Across the region, SREB states led the nation in gains since 2002 in areas such as student reading and math achievement and high school graduation rates. And they made this progress during the long economic downturn, rising child poverty rates, and rapid growth of an increasingly diverse population.

A Decade of Progress is a landmark look back at each state’s and the region’s education achievements since the states adopted 12 ambitious Challenge to Lead Goals for Education in 2002. Among the highlights:

  • Maryland served more than twice as many children in public pre-K as it had children living in poverty in 2010, helping more of its neediest children get ready for school.
  • In reading and math, Maryland led the nation in improving the percentages of fourth-graders scoring at or above the Proficient level on the National Assessment of Educational Progress from 2003 to 2011. With 75 percent, it also led the nation in 2011 in the percentage of fourth-graders scoring at or above the Basic level in reading on NAEP.
  • Maryland led the nation in eighth-grade reading improvement on NAEP at both the Basic and Proficient levels from 2003 to 2011. 
  • In 2011, Maryland’s fourth- and eighth-graders outperformed the nation in reading and math on NAEP. From 2003 to 2011, the state’s black and Hispanic fourth-graders narrowed achievement gaps with white students in reading and math at the NAEP Basic level. Black and Hispanic eighth-graders also narrowed the achievement gap in math, as did black eight-graders in reading.
  • The percentages of fourth- and eighth-graders in Maryland who scored at or above the NAEP Proficient level in reading and math exceeded the national rates for their peers in 2011.
  • Student participation rates in Advanced Placement in Maryland — and “pass” rates on AP exams — exceeded national rates in 2011.
  • At 80 percent in 2009, Maryland’s high school graduation rate surpassed the 76 percent U.S. rate.
  • At 60 percent in 2010, Maryland’s on-time college graduation rate at public four-year institutions topped the regional and national rates.
  • At 38 percent in 2010, Maryland had a higher proportion of working-age adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher than the region (27 percent) and nation (30 percent).
 
“These gains
 are an important step forward and confirm that many of the policies Maryland has adopted are making a difference,” said SREB President Dave Spence. “Education has been a top priority for SREB states. The challenge ahead is to focus on what we know works to improve public education.”

Maryland: A Decade of Progress details the state’s demographic and income changes, school performance standards, pre-K through postsecondary student achievement, adult learning and job training, and more. Download the full PDF here.

The Southern Regional Education Board works with 16 member states to improve public education: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Based in Atlanta, SREB was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to help leaders in education and government advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region.

SREB tracks progress of its 16 member states on the Challenge to Lead Goals for Education, adopted by state leaders to help the region lead the nation in educational progress at all levels.

In addition to these state-by-state reports, in the coming weeks SREB will release analyses of region-wide progress on student achievement in NAEP scores, high school graduation rates and college completion trends. SREB expects to announce updated Goals for Education in September.

 
Maryland: A Decade of Progress

 
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