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Maryland school test scores up, Baltimore sees drop

Maryland School Assessment scores are up statewide, but Baltimore saw lower scores as the city boosted testing security in the wake of cheating at several schools.

Scores were released Wednesday for the tests taken by 365,000 students in third through eighth grades. Maryland elementary school students neared a 90 percent proficiency in reading and stayed steady at 86 percent proficiency in math. Middle school students reached 84 percent proficiency in reading and 74 percent proficiency in math.

Sixty-one percent of Baltimore students are proficient in math — a 5-percentage-point drop — and 69 percent are proficient in reading — a 3-percentage-point decline. Schools CEO Andres Alonso says scores over the past seven years show real progress, but it would be “naive” to think that security changes didn’t have an impact.