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.