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Early Elementary School Performance Gains

The Impact of Academic Reforms in
The Montgomery County Public Schools

 
The results of national tests taken in spring 2003 by more than 10,000 second graders in Montgomery County Public Schools have shown dramatic improvement.

The test scores reveal that children most at risk for academic failure are performing at or above the national median in key subjects such as reading and mathematics. Some children are among the highest performing in the nation.

The second graders who took the TerraNova Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills (CTBS) are the first class of students to receive the benefits of three years of major reforms in elementary
All Racial/Ethnic Groups Above 60th Percentile in  Mathematics Computation for First Time
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school education in MCPS. The reforms included pre-school programs focusing on reading, full-day kindergarten and extended learning programs after school.

Studies of the CTBS results detail consistent and, in some cases, extraordinary gains by African American students, Hispanic students, poor students, special education students and those learning English as a second language.

For more about the test results and reform initiatives, see:

  • One page summary of results. Results Summary


  • Report from Superintendent Jerry D. Weast to the Board of Education summarizing the test results. Report (7 pages, PDF)


  • School-by-school results and analysis. Executive Summary and Report


  • Longitudinal evaluation of the impact of early elementary school initiatives on academic achievement. Executive Summary and Report


  • Comparison of full and half day kindergarten and a reduction of the performance gap among socio-economically diverse schools. Executive Summary and Report


  • Description of MCPS early success educational reform plan.
    Introduction and Report


  • Description of reading readiness skills assessed in kindergarten and tips for parents helping their children learn to read in preparation for kindergarten.
    Introduction and Report

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