23 Baltimore City Schools have no students proficient in math | Eastern North Carolina Now

Project Baltimore investigation revealed the devastating reality of nearly two dozen Baltimore City Schools having zero students proficient in math. 

New test scores, known as MCAP (Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program), obtained by Project Baltimore, revealed that 23 schools, including elementary, middle, and high schools, had not one student that could do math at grade level.

Baltimore City's math scores were the lowest in the state. Just 7 percent of third through eighth graders tested proficient in math, which means 93 percent could not do math at grade level.



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( February 12th, 2023 @ 10:00 am )
I was shown a video where 3rd graders were being taught a concept of figuring the area of on a horizontal plane, a rectangle. The was created in Beaufort County. It was sincerely an odd, convoluted formula of completing an extra simple task.

I don't know if it was common core math. I am not an authority on common core math.

I do, however, understand math, and still use the science on a regular basis.

First of all: Why should 3rd graders be even taught calculating quantities of any areas in the 3rd grade?

What 3rd graders, and up until 5th and 6th grade should be taught is the basics of how to work out basic math problems: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions ... all WITHOUT a calculator, a computer.

Maybe in the upper grades of primary school start with word problems, and still NO calculators.

What I am professing is that our youth need to learn how to cypher in their brains, on paper, and understand why their brains are being pounded into nimble tools, and learn the concept and the vast importance of math.

Then start teaching geometry (not the way they taught it years ago, which was far too complicated for most children), but as a useful tool, which is the intention of pure geometry. At this point, let children use a calculator, while teaching very basic trigonometric concepts. Now, teach children how to figure quantities on the horizontal plane, and then the vertical plane.

Then let them learn algebra, a big language of mathematics, and at this point trigonometry will become much simpler to understand. I have another suggestion here. Schools need to acquire surplus surveying equipment, get out on the school grounds, and then teach middle schoolers how some real geometric shapes are measured ... real hands-on is good for complete visualization, and that is immeasurably important to show the WHY of it all, while showing a little bit of the HOW of it.

This is how I would suggest teaching math ... and I know it would work.

At least today adults would be able to read a ruler, make change, or understand the concept of simple fractions; some may even venture into the technical fields.

What a concept: Knowing how to do stuff.
( February 12th, 2023 @ 9:24 am )
I wonder if Beaufort County Schools is teaching some form of Common Core Math, often by a different name so they can claim "it is not Common Core Math". Teaching that garbage might explain some of the unacceptable math scores in Beaufort County, although we are fortunately not nearly as bad as Baltimore.
( February 12th, 2023 @ 8:35 am )
Could also be they keep reducing the standards. Wonder how low the standards will be lowered this time to make these test scores a passing grade.
( February 12th, 2023 @ 8:28 am )
I would bet that 1) they are being taught with Common Core Math or an equivalent instead of real math, and 2) their curriculum is from SAVVAS or a similar politically activist education industry compamy that is more focused on injecting woke concepts like CRT and gender theory than teaching math.

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