Maryland: Comparing schools and districts based on student proficiency

The information below reflects the most recent data available to us; please contact us with questions or to request additional analyses.

School Performance in Maryland

Analysis: Comparing schools and districts on third grade proficiency in reading and math
The charts linked below allow you to compare schools and districts in Maryland with their peers. The Y (vertical) axis shows the percentage of proficient 3rd graders in a subject; the X (horizontal) axis shows the percentage of students who qualify for the free or reduced rate lunch program, a common indicator of poverty in schools.

Available charts:

Note: If the proficiency was reported as <=5%, it was changed to whole number of 5% for graphing purposes.

Note: In 2021, the state of Maryland gave a shortened assessment and only reported three levels of proficiency. These results should not be compared to assessment results for other years.

Note: Maryland reports five levels of proficiency.  The top two levels of proficiency, levels 4 and 5, were used to calculate proficiency for the 2015 chart.  The MD Department of Education refers to Level 4 as “Met Expectations” and Level 5 as “Exceeded Expectations.”

Note: Maryland began using the PARCC assessment in 2015.  Previous year results should not be compared 2015 and subsequent assessments.

naep-v-states-4th-grade-readingComparing Maryland’s Proficiency Standards to the National “Gold Standard” (NAEP) 
Each state defines for itself what “proficient” means; some states have a rigorous definition, while others are less strict in their standards. To see how states compare, ECF has published charts showing the percentage of students deemed proficient in various subjects and grade levels and compared them to percentages reported for each state by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP, or “The Nation’s Report Card”), considered to be the gold standard.