HCPSS MPIA Request #2019-142

Requested Information
Please provide for each course relating to the subjects English 10, HS Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 in each high school the following: course name, number taking course, 2018 results from PARCC test (number taking, number scoring 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 4 or 5); number taking the PARCC test for the first time, second time, or more than twice; number from each grade (9th, 10, 11th 12th) in each course; number of students receiving Free and Reduced Meals (FARM); and number of students from each demographic race or ethnic group (e.g. African American, Asian…). Courses should include: English 10, English 10 ESOL, English 10 Honors, English 10 GT, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Algebra 2 GT, and any other courses whose students take PARCC exams for English 10, Algebra 1, or Algebra 2 in high school. Please provide results for each high school and for the aggregate of all high schools. Please use Excel or database format with courses by school in rows and test results and demographics for each course in columns

For the aggregate of all high schools, please also provide for each of the same courses the following 4 records (rows): students on FARM that score 4 or 5 on the related PARCC, students on FARM that score 3 or below, students not on FARM that score 4 or 5, and students not on FARM that score 3 or below, and for each of these 4 records for each course provide the total number of students and the number from each demographic racial and ethnic group. Please use Excel or database format with the 4 subgroups in each course courses in rows and demographics in columns
Date Received
Status
Complete
Responsive Documents
Based on discussions with the HCPSS Assessment Office staff to narrow this request to certain information by related English vs. Math courses, the attached contains available course data correlated with demographic and PARCC passing/proficient test results. Please note the data parameters on the cover page contained in the file. Under both the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), which restricts access to student records, and MPIA GP § 4-313, which prevents disclosure of school district records pertaining to individual students, HCPSS must protect against the potential disclosures of personally identifiable information about students. In accordance, HCPSS follows the Maryland State Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics’ guidelines for protecting student privacy in public reporting and suppresses the following from responsive records: populations that fall below 10; percentages that are less than or equal to 5, or greater than or equal to 95; categories directly related to specific student records; and/or information that, when combined with other publicly accessible data, can reasonably identify an individual student or reveals information from an individual student’s record. HCPSS has made substantial efforts to ensure the accuracy of this information; however, data collection and reporting is consistently subject to change. Please be mindful when comparing data as many variances can occur between reports based on date pulled, parameters used, categories included, etc.
The attached contains data at the county level (aggregate of all high schools) by course for FARMS and non-FARMS students scoring 4 or above, and scoring 3 or below. Please note the data parameters on the cover page contained in the file. Under both the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), which restricts access to student records, and MPIA GP § 4-313, which prevents disclosure of school district records pertaining to individual students, HCPSS must protect against the potential disclosures of personally identifiable information about students. In accordance, HCPSS follows the Maryland State Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics’ guidelines for protecting student privacy in public reporting and suppresses the following from responsive records: populations that fall below 10; percentages that are less than or equal to 5, or greater than or equal to 95; categories directly related to specific student records; and/or information that, when combined with other publicly accessible data, can reasonably identify an individual student or reveals information from an individual student’s record. HCPSS has made substantial efforts to ensure the accuracy of this information; however, data collection and reporting is consistently subject to change. Please be mindful when comparing data as many variances can occur between reports based on date pulled, parameters used, categories included, etc.

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