27 September 2023

At 40% of Baltimore City High Schools, Zero Students Proficient in Math

Thank the teachers' union. At 13 Baltimore City high schools, zero students tested proficient on 2023 state math exam | WBFF

They didn't count the students from the high school located in the Baltimore City Detention Center. That leaves a total of 32 high schools, and 13 that I think you can say are failing to teach math.

The latest round of state test results is raising alarm in Baltimore City Schools. Project Baltimore found that 40% of Baltimore City high schools, where the state exam was given, did not have any students score proficient in math. Not one student.

And I'm sure someone will say say something like, "This means we need to spend more money on schools."

Last school year, Baltimore City Schools received $1.6 billion from taxpayers, the most ever. The district also received $799 million in Covid relief funding from the federal government. And still, not a single student tested at 13 City high schools scored proficient on the state math test.

“So, it's not a funding issue. We're getting plenty of funding,” said [Jason Rodriguez, deputy director of People Empowered by the Struggle, a Baltimore-based nonprofit].

And these numbers are not public. They were provided by a source inside the school system. The school system doesn't want parents to know how bad the schools really are.

When the state officially releases them later this month, the results will likely be heavily redacted, making it more difficult for parents to see how many schools are performing.

Your tax dollars at work. (Hat tip to A View from the Porch: Forget It Jake, It's Baltimore.)

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