"However, Mr. Judd [the AJC reporter] was told numerous times that the drop [in test scores at Highland] was related to budget reductions that resulted in the loss of staff that helped with focused reading instruction and interventions for students that were struggling."So let's Fact Check that statement from MCPS by looking at the data on Highland Elementary for the years in question.
The peak in the Highland Elementary test scores as shown on the AJC article chart was 2009. Then the scores began to fall again.
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** The local school budget information in these years gave more details than after 2008. So the budget numbers for years with ** will be higher as they include all of the funding for the local school. After 2008, MCPS limited the budget data that was released for each local school.
*** This was the year that MCPS withheld local school budget information from the public so the budget for this local school for that year is not available.