MarylandCAN releases statement on test results

Annapolis, M.D.—Today Jason Botel, executive director of MarylandCAN: The Maryland Campaign for Achievement Now, released the following statement on the results of new statewide PARCC scores:

“Thanks to Maryland’s College and Career-Ready Standards and aligned PARCC assessments, Marylanders are now getting a more honest picture of students’ progress toward college and career readiness. We expect outcomes to improve as students and teachers get accustomed to the new test. We are disappointed to see that our PARCC scores indicate the same opportunity and achievement gaps that the MSA scores did, but that only reinforces our resolve at MarylandCAN to advocate for the policies needed to close these gaps.”

“Next year we will learn exactly how much progress our students are making. We thank all the teachers, school leaders, and state and local officials who worked extremely hard to transition to a better, more robust assessment, and we look forward to continuing to advocate for policies that will close the opportunity and achievement gaps that afflict so many of our students.”

To schedule an interview with MarylandCAN Executive Director Jason Botel, please contact Udeitha Srimushnam at or (408) 655-7775.


About MarylandCAN: Launched in January 2012, MarylandCAN: The Maryland Campaign for Achievement Now is a 501(c)3 nonprofit education reform advocacy organization building a movement of Marylanders with the will to enact smart public policies so that every Maryland child has access to a great public school.


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