MCPS looks to plug gaps in learning mood from pandemic disruptions

Montgomery County Public Schools officials say that there are still gaps in educational attainment, particularly in math, among students resulting from learning disruptions that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Montgomery County Board of Education received detailed data at its meeting Thursday on students’ overall educational attainment in math and literacy during the 2021-2022 school year. The data showed that fewer students in eighth and 11th grade demonstrated attainment in math during the 2021-2022 school year than in the 2020-2021 school year, based on the evaluation method used.

Students returned to in-person instruction last school year after learning remotely during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. MCPS Superintendent Monifa McKnight said at the beginning of the meeting that it’s important that the district continues to evaluate learning in order to determine how it has been impacted and what the needs are.

“In a system of this size, we have to constantly look at who needs what, what does that look like from an equity lens, and how do we differentiate for those learning needs,” she said.

MCPS’s evaluation, known as the evidence of learning framework, looks at three types of measures: Classroom measures, based on report cards and information from teachers; district measures, based on district assessments aligned with the curriculum; and “external” measures, based on performance on external assessments such as the SAT and ACT.

During Thursday’s meeting, school district officials presented educational attainment data for grades two, five, eight and 11, based on how the students performed at the end of the school year.

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