State math tests show that no students in 13 Baltimore City high schools in Maryland are proficient in math.
Jason Rodriguez, vice president of the Baltimore-based nonprofit People Empowered by the Struggle, said the findings are akin to “educational murder.”
“There are no excuses,” he said. Said Fox Baltimore. “Our system is rigged, and it starts at the top.”
“It’s not a question of funding. We’re well funded,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t think it’s about money. I think it’s about responsibility.”
The 13 schools with zero students demonstrating proficiency in math were 13 of 33 Baltimore City public schools. This means that her 40% of Baltimore City Schools did not produce any students who were proficient in mathematics. To make matters worse, the only reason FOX45 obtained an unedited copy of the report was because the source provided it.
The list of 13 schools includes some of Baltimore’s most prestigious high schools, including Patterson High School, Frederick Douglass High School, and Reginald F. Lewis High School.
But that’s not the only surprising discovery we made. In these 13 high schools, 1,736 students took the test and 1,295 students, or 74.5%, scored 1 out of 4. One is the lowest level, meaning these students are far from proficient.
Last fiscal year, Baltimore City Schools received a record $1.6 billion from taxpayers. The district also received $799 million in coronavirus relief funding from the federal government. Still, not a single student who took the test at the city’s 13 high schools performed proficiently on the state math test.
Project Baltimore produced a similar report in 2017, which also found that 13 schools had zero students who were proficient in math. Some of those schools reappeared on this year’s list.
“We’re still dealing with the same problems year after year,” Rodriguez said. “To me, that’s just scary and alarming, because we know that what’s happening now is just opening the floodgates of the school-to-prison pipeline.”
In response, city schools said the test result was due to years of minimal funding and the coronavirus pandemic.
“Make no mistake, these recent increases do nothing to alleviate or compensate for the years of chronic underfunding that directly contributed to current outcomes. It will take more time than that.”
“The facts are clear at this point: City school students improved their Mathematics MCAP scores for the second year in a row, following a nationwide decline in scores due to the coronavirus pandemic. 2021-22 to 2022- “Over the 2023 school year, seven of the eight grades showed growth in math, reflecting growth across Maryland.”
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