Now that we have results from the first year of a new standardized test, designed specifically to measure progress on the Common Core, it is fascinating to see how Rhode Island students compare to other students who took the same test.
Like Rhode Island, all of the states I have looked at so far saw significant declines in proficiency rates after switching to PARCC, but some still outperformed students in Rhode Island. I should note that not all states have released PARCC data, and a more complete comparison will be available once they do.
Here's what the numbers we have so far tell us:
Rhode Island students were proficient on PARCC at significantly lower rates than students in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Our students performed similarly to students in Colorado until high school, where Colorado pulled ahead, particularly in Mathematics. Rhode Island elementary students were comparable to students in Louisiana, but our middle school students performed slightly better than students in Louisiana in English, although not in Math.
MA NJ CO RI LA
3rd Grade English 54%* 44% 38% 37.4% 37%
3rd Grade Math 55%* 45% 37% 36.3% 37%
7th Grade English 60%* 52% 41% 38.3% 22%
7th Grade Math 45%* 37% 27% 25.4% 27%
9th Grade English 39%** 40% 38% 32.8% N/A*
Algebra I 22%** 36% 30% 25.5% N/A*
Geometry 36%** 22% 38% 13.7% N/A*
**MA officials have cautioned that fewer high schools used PARCC because MCASS remained a graduation requirement.
*LA did not give PARCC to high school students.
Edweek.org put together a terrific resource for finding score information from states tracking the Common Core across the country on a variety of assessments. I used their map to get data on Colorado and Louisiana.
How each school and district performed on PARCC is another story. It will be interesting to look at how specific districts measured up to districts with comparable demographics in other states.