The best (and worst) Maryland schools (updated)
We have decided this year to analyze the Maryland School Assessment data in several different ways to produce rankings of elementary and middle schools. If you are able to download an Excel file on your computer, you can use the links below to call up the lists. We have also included a ranking of schools by the percentage of students scoring advanced on the tests, which some educators argue is perhaps a more valid measure of how a school is doing.
My story in Friday's paper details how the best elementary school in the state is not one from the wealthy burbs (although there are plenty of those among the top), but a small school in coal mining country just a couple miles from West Virginia -- Crellin Elementary in Garrett County. The school may have a 74 percent free and reduced lunch rate, but the principal, Dana McCauley, says that isn't going to define her students.
The school seems to be a model for how a community can come together to see that its children flourish. And it seems the same is true for many of the top schools. Far from "teaching to the test," these top schools are succeeding because they are interested in the "whole child," principals say.
UPDATE: We know a lot of people have been frustrated by not being able to see these links. So we have created a file we hope everyone will be able to see. The first group of links is to the PDF...the second group is the downloadable excel file.
Ranking of elementary schools by students who passed:httpp://www.baltimoresun.com/news/education/bal-elementary-passrank-pdf,0,7342882.acrobat
Ranking of elementary schools by students who scored advancedhttp://www.baltimoresun.com/news/education/bal-elementary-advancerank-pdf,0,7661312.acrobat
Ranking of middle schools by students who passedhttp://www.baltimoresun.com/news/education/bal-middle-passrank-pdf,0,2591967.acrobat
Ranking of middle schools by students who scored advanced.
Elementary school students who scored advanced:
Middle school students who scored advanced:
Elementary school rankings for those who passed:
Middle school rankings for those who passed: