The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Releases Statewide Assessment Data

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Releases Statewide Assessment Data

08/15/23

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released preliminary statewide 2022-23 Grade Level and End-of-Course (EOC) assessment data during the August 15 State Board of Education meeting. The results represent data from the required state assessments: English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics for grades 3-8; Science for grades 5 and 8; and English II, Algebra I, Biology, and Government EOCs. Results for optional EOC assessments (American History, Algebra I, English I, Geometry, and Physical Science) were released as well.  

Preliminary results are mixed when compared to the prior year and with few exceptions, overall statewide scores have not returned to pre-pandemic levels. ELA showed small improvements in elementary grades and in high school and small declines or flattening in middle school. Mathematics scores showed small increases in most grades and courses. Science scores were flat with the exception of an increase in Biology. Social studies scores were mixed.

“Districts and charter schools across the state are eager to begin a new school year focused on the well-being and academic success of students,” said Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. “This year’s data emphasize the need to continue our efforts deploying state and local resources to best support and promote student learning.”

More information regarding preliminary assessment data is available in the materials presented to the State Board of Education here. District and school level data will be available in December when the data are finalized.

08/16/22

 

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released preliminary 2021-22 Grade Level and End-of-Course (EOC) assessment statewide data during the August 16 State Board of Education meeting. The results represent data from the required state assessments: English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics for grades 3-8; Science for grades 5 and 8; and English II, Algebra I, Biology, and Government EOCs. Results for optional EOC assessments (American History, Algebra I, English I, Geometry, and Physical Science) were released as well.  

Preliminary results show some improvement over the prior year, but state totals have not yet reached pre-pandemic levels. ELA had mixed results by grade level. Mathematics and science scores increased in all grades and courses, while social studies/government showed slight decreases in proficiency. Statewide advanced and proficient performance levels are as follows: 

  •   ELA: 43 percent
  •   Math: 39 percent
  •   Science: 38 percent
  •   Social Studies: 40 percent

“Districts and charter schools across the state continued to face unique challenges during the 2021-22 school year while working hard to focus on the well-being and academic success of students,” said Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. “Nothing about this past school year was typical. We must remain vigilant in educating our students and I urge everyone to review the data through an informational lens, using these key takeaways to shape how state and local resources are best deployed to support ongoing student success.”

The COVID-19 pandemic continued to cause learning disruptions, periods of quarantine, and chronic absenteeism of both students and staff for the 2021-22 school year. 

For more information regarding this preliminary assessment data, review the materials presented to the State Board of Education here. District and school level reports will be available in December when the data are finalized.