July 21st, 2010

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Prince George’s County Public School Students Show Gains on the MSA

PRESS RELEASE from Prince George’s County Public Schools

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS SHOW GAINS ON THE MSA

Prince George’s County Public School students made dramatic gains on the 2010 Maryland School Assessments (MSA), with schools making 20- to 30-point leaps in reading and math scores, according to data released today by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

The rise in MSA proficient or advanced scores at each grade level and in every subject is an example of the success that can be achieved through strong academic programs, highly effective teachers and improved instruction.

“During our tenure as a Board of Education, we have created policies and provided support to our schools to improve student achievement, and this year’s MSA results shows that everyone’s hard work is paying off and our students are succeeding academically, we realize however that we are in the midst of reform and still have much more to do,” said Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq., Board of Education Chair.

Out of 162 elementary and middle schools, 112 schools saw major increases in math scores, with 26 schools making double-digit gains from 2009 to 2010. Concord Elementary School lead the way with a gain of 25.4 percentage points in math, making the leap from 60.5 percent in 2009 to 85.9 percent in 2010. Allenwood Elementary also made a significant gain in achievement this year, moving from 60.6 percent in 2009, to 78.7 percent in 2010.

In reading, 96 out of the 162 schools showed increases in reading, with 10 of those schools making double-digit gains. Cesar Chavez Elementary School made a 25-percent jump in its reading score, moving from 67.4 percent in 2009 to 92.24 percent in 2010. Baden Elementary made a leap from 79.9 percent last year to 90 percent in 2010.

The significant increase in scores can be attributed to the work that the school system has done in using data to focus on ways to improve student achievement. “We are using data, we’re adjusting our instruction, and we are placing highly-qualified teachers in front of our children who need the most help,” said Dr. William Hite, Jr., Superintendent of Schools.

“Our teachers are to be commended for helping their students reach their academic goals,” Dr. Hite said. “We are also proud of our students and the gains they’ve experienced on the MSAs, and we will work hard this year to continue this trend.”

At the elementary school level, Chillum Elementary made a dramatic improvement in reading, moving from 65.8 percent proficiency in reading in 2009 to 81.40 percent in 2010.

Elementary schools with MSA scores improving by 10 percentage points or more in reading include: In math, J. Frank Dent Elementary School made significant strides in achievement, moving from 51.7 percent in 2009 to 76.3 percent in 2010. Concord Elementary School jumped from 60.5 percent to 85.9 percent.

“We know that effort creates ability,” Dr. Hite said. “And with the right efforts, our students are continuing to show that they can make progress.”

While pleased with the rising trend in test scores, much work still needs to be done, as eighth-grade scores did not show improvement over last year. School officials are dissecting the eighth-grade data to determine what resources need to be allocated for teachers to immediately address the problem.

“We are focusing our interventions to the specific needs of our students,” Dr. Hite said.
Students did experience gains in their MSA scores this year in middle school. Buck Lodge Middle School’s math scores moved from 51.8 percent in 2009 to 57.7 percent in 2010. Kettering Middle School improved its math score from 48.6 percent in 2009 to 53.7 percent in 2010.

Middle schools also saw improvement in reading. Charles Carroll Middle School increased its MSA scores, moving from 62.7 percent last year to 70.45 percent in 2010. Greenbelt Middle School also improved its scores from 2009, moving from 63.5 percent to 70.10 percent.

Overall, the latest MSA data demonstrates a six-year trend in improved test scores. Since 2004, sixth grade math scores, for example, increased by 84 percent and by 30 percent in reading.

Significant gains have also been made at the seventh grade level from 2004 to 2010, with a jump of almost 23 percent in reading and of more than 59 percent in math.

For a complete list of MSA data for Maryland – searchable by county and school – visit the
Maryland State Department of Education’s Maryland Report Card web site at
http://mdreportcard.org.

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Tips for dealing with HEAT - Being Outdoors in Hot Weather

The following heat tips are for everyone during this hot time, but The Prince George ’s County Health Department is particularly concerned about individuals who have died from a heat related illness, most of whom had atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD).

Anyone who suffers from a chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses are at a higher risk during these elevated temperatures and should follow the simple heat related tips to stay safe.

Heat related tips:

● Drink plenty of fluids such as water and fruit juices to prevent dehydration -- be aware that alcohol can impair the body's sweat mechanism, as can fairly common medications such as antihistamines and diuretics

● Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes

● Avoid direct sunlight by staying in the shade and by wearing sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses

● When possible stay in air-conditioned areas; if your home is not air-conditioned, consider a visit to a shopping mall or public library. Contact your local health department to see if there are any cooling centers in your area or visit http://dhmh.state.md.us and click on 'Heat-related Illness and Cooling Center Information"

● NEVER leave pets or young children in a car, even with the windows cracked

● Check on elderly relatives or neighbors at least daily

● Take it easy when outdoors. Athletes and those who work outdoors should take short breaks when feeling fatigued. Schedule physical activity during the morning or evening when it is cooler.

For additional information about beat the heat visit us at: http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/Government/AgencyIndex/Health/index.asp


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