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Six Baltimore Schools Have 100% Failure Rate in State Tests

By Victor Trammell

Photo credits: Fox 45 News, Baltimore

A deplorable case of academic failure by one of the nation’s many public school systems was recently revealed by a local investigative reporting initiative.

Project Baltimore, the investigative reporting division of Fox 45 News in Baltimore, Maryland uncovered a stunning revelation about several of the city’s public schools.

According to a Fox 45 report published this past Wednesday (May 17th), the Baltimore City Public School System has six public schools where students have a 100% failure rate on state tests.

Parents of students at these schools are outraged at the lack of progress going on in the Baltimore City Public School System.

“That’s absurd to me. That’s absurd to me,” Janel Nelson told Fox 45 exclusively. Nelson is the mother a boy who attends Baltimore’s Frederick Douglass High School. “That’s your teacher’s report card, ultimately.” Nelson continued.

In addition to Frederick Douglass High School, Booker T. Washington Middle School, Achievement Academy at Harbor City, New Era Academy, Excel Academy at Francis M. Wood High, and New Hope Academy are all of the local schools where students have zero proficiency in the subjects of math and English.

“High school students are tested by the state in math and English. Their scores place them in one of five categories – a four or five is considered proficient and one through three are not,” wrote Chris Papst

“At Frederick Douglass, 185 students took the state math test last year and 89 percent fell into the lowest level. Just one student approached expectations and scored a three,” Papst also wrote.

Fox 45’s recent report on the Baltimore City Public School System’s academic failures did not feature any commentary in the form of a rational explanation from any of the school district’s top officials. A gross lack of progress such as this should definitely put the jobs of some of Baltimore’s top education policymakers in major jeopardy.

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