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Provide achievement data for middle schools that have an 8-period day compared to those that do not. Update the information provided last year that detailed the cost of restoring the 8-period day at all middle schools?

Question#: 10

ANSWER:

Middle school staffing is based on a formula that assumes that each student takes seven classes and each teacher teaches five classes.  Adjustments to the formula are made for resource teachers and team leaders who teach four classes to allow time for their leadership responsibilities.  To staff schools at five of eight schedules, the staffing formula would be adjusted to calculate each student taking eight classes.  This would add approximately six teachers per school at a cost of $393,741, including employee benefits.  Currently there are six middle schools offering 8-period days: Silver Spring International, Argyle, A. Mario Loiederman, Neelesville, Takoma Park, and Parkland.  Restoring this type of scheduling to the remaining 32 schools would require adding 192 teachers at a total new hire cost of $12,599,712, or an average salary cost of $18,834,272, including employee benefits.

Maryland School Assessment (MSA) data for the 8-period day schools and the non-8-period day schools are provided below.   There are significant differences in performance among students scoring advanced in reading and math at all three grade levels, with 7-period schools scoring significantly higher.  When making the comparison between 8-period schools and non-8-period schools for students scoring proficient and above, the performance between the two types of schedule shows less contrast.

Table 1
Percentage of MCPS Grade 8 Students Who Successfully Completed Algebra 1
with a C or Higher

 

2011

2012

2013

8-Period Day Schools

51.2

48.4

49.7

Non-8-Period Day Schools

64.7

64.5

61.2

Table 2
Percentage of Students Scoring Advanced only on MSA by Grade and Subject

Grade 6

 

READING

MATH

 

2011

2012

2013

2011

2012

2013

8-Period Day Schools

45.6

44.2

44.9

30.5

30.8

25.7

Non-8-Period Day Schools

55.6

55.9

56.5

39.1

43.1

38.1

Grade 7

 

READING

MATH

 

2011

2012

2013

2011

2012

2013

8-Period Day Schools

46.9

47.4

52.3

24.8

24.5

23.9

Non-8-Period Day Schools

60.8

59.4

63.9

36.5

36.2

36.2

Grade 8

 

READING

MATH

 

2011

2012

2013

2011

2012

2013

8-Period Day Schools

48.3

44.9

47.1

29.7

28.8

29.2

Non-8-Period Day Schools

59.2

51.8

61.1

45.4

45.3

43.3

Table 3
Percentage of Students Scoring Advanced and Proficient on MSA by Grade and Subject

 Grade 6

 

READING

MATH

 

2011

2012

2013

2011

2012

2013

8-Period Day Schools

86.4

86.5

84.4

80.2

79.9

72.7

Non-8-Period Day Schools

90.0

90.9

89.8

84.3

86.4

80.8

 Grade 7

 

READING

MATH

 

2011

2012

2013

2011

2012

2013

8-Period Day Schools

87.9

83.8

86.2

74.1

72.4

71.3

Non-8-Period Day Schools

91.5

90.2

92.1

82.3

83.6

81.6

 Grade 8

 

READING

MATH

 

2011

2012

2013

2011

2012

2013

8-Period Day Schools

85.8

82.9

83.2

63.5

62.8

63.7

Non-8-Period Day Schools

90.1

89.0

89.4

77.2

79.7

77.0

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