Posted on September 25, 2023

At 13 Baltimore City High Schools, Zero Students Tested Proficient on 2023 State Math Exam

Chris Papst, WBFF, September 18, 2023

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.

“This is educational homicide,” said Jason Rodriguez, deputy director of People Empowered by the Struggle, a Baltimore-based nonprofit.


Fox45 obtained unredacted state test results for every school in Baltimore City through a source within the school system, and the results are hard to believe.

Students took the tests in the spring of 2023, just a few months ago. Project Baltimore found 13 Baltimore City high schools where not one student who took the state math test scored proficient in math. Not one student.

These are the 13 schools where zero students tested proficient on the 2023 state math exam:

  • Achievement Academy at Harbor City High
  • ConneXions: A Community Based Arts School
  • Coppin Academy
  • Edmondson-Westside High
  • Excel Academy at Francis M. Wood High
  • Frederick Douglass High
  • Joseph C. Briscoe Academy
  • New Era Academy
  • Patterson High
  • Reginald F. Lewis High
  • Renaissance Academy
  • The Reach! Partnership School
  • Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy

In total, students at 33 Baltimore City high schools took the state math exam last spring. Project Baltimore did not include Eager Street Academy in our analysis because it’s located in the Baltimore City Detention Center.

Of the 32 high schools remaining, if 13 had zero students test proficient, that means 40% of Baltimore City high schools could not produce a single student doing math a grade level. {snip}

But that’s not the only alarming finding we made. In those 13 high schools, 1,736 students took the test, and 1,295 students, or 74.5%, scored a one out of four. One is the lowest level, meaning those students were not even close to proficient.

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.


Six years ago, in 2017, Project Baltimore produced a similar report, where we analyzed state test scores and found 13 City schools had zero students proficient in math. Many of the schools from 2017 are also on the 2023 list {snip}


It’s important to note that Project Baltimore is only able to report these test scores to the public because a source gave them to us.