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Student Test Scores Show Improvement in Prince George's County


Prince George’s County has had its share of bad news in recent weeks, but student test scores were a silver lining.

Results of the 2011 Maryland State Assessments were released last week that showed significant improvement in elementary and middle school students over last year in both reading and math.

“The rate of growth in reading and math for Prince George's County has outpaced most other counties across the state which we are very excited about,” said Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.

Statewide data showed elementary school reading nearing 90 percent proficiency as well as gains in middle school math. The Prince George’s school system (2nd largest in Maryland) which traditionally has trailed much of the state showed an increase in the number of elementary school students who are proficient in reading from 78.4 percent to 81.9 percent, with a corresponding increase in middle school reading proficiency from 72.9 percent to 74.6 percent.

In math, there was a jump in elementary student proficiency from 77.5 percent last year to 78.2 percent in 2011, while middle school math scores jumped 2.7 points, from 55.8 percent proficient to 58.5 proficient.

"I believe that a large amount of our success is due to the effectiveness of our teachers who study how students think and learn in order to find ways to help them grow. I can’t thank them enough,” said William R. Hite Jr.