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Sudbrook Magnet Dominates Area Middle Schools' MSA Scores

Students' performance on the Maryland School Assessment test shows different levels of proficiency throughout Pikesville.

students posted standout scores on the Maryland School Assessment test—scores that were higher than state and county averages in both math and reading.

Unfortunately, the Pikesville area's other two middle schools, Old Court and , achieved scores below the state and county averages in all subjects and all grades—most prominenty in math—indicating that more of its students are not proficient in those subjects.

Sudbrook students scored well above both the state and Baltimore County averages, at all grades and in both subjects, according to the State Department of Education's Maryland Report Card website.

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The state average for reading was 82.1 percent, and the county's 76 percent, but Sudbrook achieved into the 90s for each of the three grades: sixth through eighth.

Sudbrook's highest reading score of 94.9 percent of students proficient was in sixth grade. That meant that 332 of 350 sixth-grade students passed proficiency in that subject.

It's highest math score was the sixth-graders' 88 percent, and its lowest was eighth-graders' 81 percent.

Those are well above the the 76.2 percent state average for math, and the county's 74 percent.

At Old Court, students in all three grade levels scored well below both state and county averages for reading and math—with the most marked shortcomings in math.

Eighth graders there posted the school's lowest math score: 45 percent, with only 98 students of 218 proficient in the subject.

It's highest math score was 64.9 percent, posted by sixth-graders.

Old Court's highest score achieved in both subjects was 77.2 percent proficiency for eighth-grade reading.

Pikesville also posted below-average scores for all grades in both subjects, most notably in math.

The lowest math score for the school was eighth-graders' 57.4 percent. It's highest was 73.5 percent.

Pikesville's highest score in both subjects was 80.4 percent in eighth grade reading. The lowest reading score was 75.5 percent.

For a full breakdown of test score averages and a comparison to the previous three years of averages, check the list below.

What do you think of the state of education at the middle schools in Pikesville? Do you think children are getting a good education? Tell us in the comments box.

The test scores released by the Maryland Department of Education on Tuesday monitor the percentage of students in third through eighth grades who score at the proficient or advanced level in reading and math.

Old Court Middle School, 4627 Old Court Rd., 21208

Sixth Grade Reading

  • 2012—75.6 percent; 130/172
  • 2011—64,2 percent; 111/173
  • 2010—79.8 percent; 150/188
  • 2009—74 percent; 151/204

Seventh Grade Reading

  • 2012—62 percent; 114/184
  • 2011—70.9 percent; 139/196
  • 2010—64.4 percent; 134/208
  • 2009—75.1 percent; 142/189

Eighth Grade Reading

  • 2012—77.2 percent; 169/219
  • 2011—77 percent; 162/209
  • 2010—74.9 percent; 137/183
  • 2009—69.1 percent; 125/181

Sixth Grade Math

  • 2012—50.5 percent; 93/184
  • 2011—51.8 percent; 102/197
  • 2010—43.8 percent; 91/208
  • 2009—40.7 percent; 77/189

Seventh Grade Math

  • 2012—50.5 percent; 93/184
  • 2011—51.8 percent; 102/197
  • 2010—43.8 percent; 91/208
  • 2009—40.7 percent; 77/189

Eighth Grade Math

  • 2012—45 percent; 98/218
  • 2011—54.3 percent; 114/210
  • 2010—43.5 percent; 80/184
  • 2009—37.8 percent; 68/180

Pikesville Middle School, 7701 Seven Mile Lane, 21208

Sixth Grade Reading

  • 2012—75.7 percent; 261/345
  • 2011—78.6 percent; 239/304
  • 2010—85.8 percent; 271/316
  • 2009—80.7 percent; 239/296

Seventh Grade Reading

  • 2012—75.5 percent; 231/306
  • 2011—82.4 percent; 267/324
  • 2010—79.2 percent; 259/327
  • 2009—80.7 percent; 239/296

Eighth Grade Reading

  • 2012—80.4 percent; 275/342
  • 2011—78.9 percent; 269/341
  • 2010—81.7 percent; 255/312
  • 2009—76.8 percent; 239/311

Sixth Grade Math

  • 2012—73.5 percent; 255/347
  • 2011—70.7 percent; 215/304
  • 2010—72.9 percent; 231/317
  • 2009—66 percent; 196/297

Seventh Grade Math

  • 2012—72.4 percent; 223/308
  • 2011—70.7 percent; 215/304
  • 2010—72.9 percent; 231/317
  • 2009—70.9 percent; 210/296

Eighth Grade Math

  • 2012—57.4 percent; 195/340
  • 2011—58.2 percent; 198/340
  • 2010—65.1 percent; 205/315
  • 2009—59.8 percent; 186/311

Sudbrook Magnet, 4300 Bedford Rd., 21208

Sixth Grade Reading

  • 2012—94.9 percent; 332/350
  • 2011—94.5 percent; 309/327
  • 2010–greater or equal to 95 percent
  • 2009—92.7 percent; 356/384

Seventh Grade Reading

  • 2012—93.3 percent; 293/314
  • 2011—greater or equal to 95 percent
  • 2010—93.3 percent; 348/373
  • 2009—93.3 percent; 280/300

Eighth Grade Reading

  • 2012—94.6 percent; 299/316
  • 2011—94.3 percent; 333/353
  • 2010—93.2 percent; 272/292
  • 2009—greater or equal to 95 percent

Sixth Grade Math

  • 2012—88 percent; 309/351
  • 2011—93.6 percent; 306/327
  • 2010—91.8 percent; 326/355
  • 2009—87.2 percent; 355/384

Seventh Grade Math

  • 2012—84.4 percent; 265/314
  • 2011—85 percent; 283/333
  • 2010—83.9 percent; 313/373
  • 2009—91.3 percent; 274/300

Eighth Grade Math

  • 2012—81 percent; 255/315
  • 2011—73.9 percent; 261/353
  • 2010—84.5 percent; 246/291
  • 2009—87.3 percent; 275/315

To read about Pikesville's elementary schools' MSA scores, visit the article Pikesville's Elementary Schools Vary in State Testing Results.

were recently reported by Hunt Valley-Cockeysville Patch Editor Nayana Davis.

To browse through scores from throughout the state, including Baltimore City, visit the 2012 Maryland State Report Card.

And, for a summary of some North Baltimore schools' results, visit the report on North Baltimore Patch.

Jeff July 17, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Further, you have missed something so key in these scores: progress. These schools do not simply teach for a year – they teach our children over many years. Let’s look your quoted numbers again and look at the improvement these schools have made. From 2009 to 2012, Old Court increased its scores in five of six grade categories, Pikesville in three of six, and Sudbrook in two of six. Not quite the domination you alluded to in your title. I am the proud, I repeat, proud parent of child who has attended Old Court Middle School for the last two years. My son has placed advanced in every standardized test that he has taken. I had the decision whether to have him attend private school or stay in the public school system. During this process I did, just as you have done here, looked at the school’s scores. Unlike you however, I sat down with Old Court’s incoming principal and had a conversation about her direction for the school. That conversation made me comfortable with allowing my son to attend Old Court. I would do it again without question. I have talked with the principal on numerous occasions, most of the assistant principals, and numerous teachers and other faculty members. Not only do they have a direction for the school, but they were wonderful when it came to accepting an advanced child such as my son.
Jeff July 17, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I caution that articles like these are what lead to the issues that you attempting to state here, they do not point out those issues. Having worked with the faculty at Old Court, I would put them up with any other school within the district or state. I’m sure the staff at Pikesville is the same. Take care when you use numbers to make a point – numbers can say what you want them to say. The true character of a school is in its people, both staff and students. You ask what I think of the state of education at middle schools in Pikesville? Well, based on the improvement I’ve seen at Old Court Middle School and the dedication of their staff with the resources they have been given, I am highly optimistic.
Proud O.C.M.S. Mom July 18, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Proud Mom We always look to blame someone! It's your fault our kids scored so low! Old Court I blame you! ...Yes I do blame Old Court but not the school...the parents! There is limited parent involvement at the school. Sudbrook has parents that are fully invested in their children education. It seem that parent are living in this fantasy that when their children reach Middle School "poof" I don't have to be as involved! I believe this is when we need to be more involved and less removed from the situation. I can count the number of parents that show up for PTA, School, and Baltimore County Meeting that come from Old Court. As a parent if you are not involved you need to be! They ulitilzed the Big Digital Sign, Connect Ed calls and backpack mail for the kids to take home. They had extra study session at the school includung Saturday school to assist with the MSA! how much more can a school do to give students the extra support they need? Over the summer last year the introduced Study Island to the students as a Summer Enrichment Program, "WOW"! This new administration is doing great things as parents we need to support them! Get involved! I am so proud of my child who did very well on the MSA's, maybe because we took advantage of all the suppprt given! Shot Outs to Ms. Smith (math), Ms. Bass, Ms.Wilson, Ms. Joseph, Ms. Duncan, Ms. Scott, Ms. Shipman, Ms. D, Ms. Silverberg and Mr. Collins for keeping me in the loop exactly where I wanted to be! Old Court is great!
Middleschool parent July 19, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Excellent post proud mom! You are the parent that every child deserves! I respect all the posts and would like to clarify that the article was specific to MSA scores. It is a shame we must base so much on one test and I know that there are talented and innovative teachers at all BCPS schools. Parents are the secret weapon. It is silly to try and pretend that socioeconomics are not the greatest factor. I worked in a title I school and there was such an obvious lack of parent involvment. We also need to provide more magnet schools and arts integration - it is what attracts so many to Sudbrook and they are only permitted to select 10% of the incoming students. The other 90% is up to a lottery. (Yes students must pass the assessment and have decent grades but it's rare for a child to not meet these minimal qualifications.) Over 1200 students apply for less than 335 seats. We need more schools that focus more on the student's interests and talents. .
Daily Miracles November 27, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Pikesville Middle school is horrible. I'm speaking from 1St hand experience. They only cater to the GT population which happens to be comprised of mostly white students even though the school is mostly African American. They don't care about the students who are not succeeding and do all they can to keep the school quietly segregated.

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