The three Maryland School Assessment statewide performance standards for reading are defined as follows:

* Basic: Students at this level are unable to adequately read and comprehend grade-appropriate literature and informational passages.

* Proficient: Students at this level can read grade-appropriate text and demonstrate the ability to comprehend literature and informational passages.

* Advanced: Students at this level can regularly read above-grade-level text and demonstrate the ability to comprehend complex literature and informational passages.

Following are the county school system's reading scores. The scores represent the percentage of students performing at each level. The first number in each listing is this year's score; the second number is the 2004 score.

Montgomery County 2005/2004

GradeAdvancedProficientBasic 322.4/17.5 56.8/60.120.8/22.4 422.9/22.963.5/58.913.6/18.1539.6/39.640.2/36.520.2/23.9638.5/44.637.4/32.624.2/22.8740.3/38.436.6/37.623.2/24.0832.3/31.441.6/41.026.1/27.6Statewide 2005/2004


SOURCE: Maryland State Department of Education

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