Frederick County Public Schools received data last week on how students are tracking for college readiness.

The Maryland State Department of Education released school scores for PARCC — Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

The exams, which were introduced in 2015, are meant to measure college preparedness beginning at a young age. This is the last year the exams will be administered in Maryland.

Overall, based on the new data, Frederick County Public Schools performed well.

Oakdale High School ranked in the top 10 for percentage of proficient 10th-graders. Urbana Middle School ranked second in the state for percentage of students proficient in Mathematics Grade Seven. Monocacy Valley Montessori School and Windsor Knolls Middle also ranked in the top 10 for Mathematics Grade Seven.

Monocacy Valley Montessori, Urbana Middle, Windsor Knolls Middle and Oakdale Middle School were in the top five of proficiency in Mathematics Grade Eight.

In Mathematics grades three through six, however, no FCPS schools ranked in the top 10.

Schools Superintendent Terry Alban said she was pleased with the results.

“Our teachers and administrators have worked hard to analyze the data and adjust instruction,” Alban said in an email. “As the test changes next year, this hard work on unpacking the standards will definitely be important.”

Jamie Aliveto, executive director of system accountability and school administration, said that along with celebrating the school district’s strong performance, FCPS is also working consistently to become the first in the nation to eliminate the achievement gap.

“The school system remains committed to eliminating gaps in achievement for certain student groups,” Aliveto said. “Each FCPS school’s improvement team has been working hard to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment, identify root causes, and implement evidence-based strategies and interventions.”

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Are we talking about the top 10 in Maryland or the top 10 for all school districts that use the PARCC?

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