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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

New Maryland Report Card Provides Insight on School and School System Performance

Report Card Goes Beyond Test Scores for More Complete Picture

The 2018-19 Maryland School Report Card, released today, provides educators and parents with the most complete picture of school and school system performance in State history.

The Report Card, for the first time, includes a broad selection of performance indicators to help measure how schools are doing. In addition to student success and growth on State tests in English Language Arts and mathematics, the Maryland Report Card factors in progress in achieving English language proficiency for English Learners, chronic absenteeism, preparation for postsecondary success, access to a well-rounded curriculum and graduation rate. In the coming years, it will include the results of a student and faculty survey.

“Education is and will always remain our number one priority, and we owe it to Maryland families to provide them with as much information as possible to make informed decisions about their children’s education,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “The new Maryland Report Card will provide parents, teachers, and students with critical information about our schools and enhance transparency and accountability in our education system.”

Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, said that the simplified format of the Maryland Report Card is a major improvement.

“Our goal is to improve every school throughout our State, and prepare every student for a bright future,” said Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools. “The new Maryland Report Card will help parents, educators, policymakers, and the general public gain a better understanding about how each school is doing based on our accountability measures. Together we are working toward making sure our schools are the best they can be.”

Schools receive points based on their results on the performance indicators. Educators and parents will be able to view a brief summary of performance by looking at a school’s Star Rating, which tallies the school’s total earned points percent and issues a rating from 1 to 5 stars; the Percentile Rank, which is how a school performed in comparison to other schools in the category; and the Total Earned Points Percent, which is the total number of points earned by the school across the measures, divided by the total possible points.

The new Maryland Report Card, based on the ESSA accountability plan, represents a quantum leap from previous versions of the Report Card in place for the past two decades. The changes were set in motion by the passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law in 2015. ESSA succeeded the No Child Left Behind Act in governing state school improvement plans.

ESSA prompted states to develop long term plans to improve schools through accountability and innovation. The State Board of Education, MSDE staff, superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, community leaders, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders around the State worked together to create an accountability system that measured relevant, actionable aspects of school performance. The State plan was approved by the U.S. Department of Education in early 2018.

Each school’s results on the Maryland accountability system are compiled and reported on the Maryland Report Card website. The individual School Report Cards are designed so parents, educators, stakeholders, and others can easily understand how their schools are performing, just as traditional report cards help parents understand how their students are performing academically in their classes and in other important ways.

The Maryland Report Card website and the School Report Cards are designed to spark conversation, ideas, and solutions for Maryland schools. Teachers and administrators should use these tools to inform and target improvements. The Report Card can help parents and stakeholders ask questions of school and district leaders, especially about their plans to improve the results. For state and district leaders, the Report Cards for schools and districts provide information about where resources and supports are most needed.

The Maryland State Department of Education’s Report Card website, is scheduled to go live at 12 noon, December 4.


Anonymous said...

Blah blah blah. As ALWAYS. Dilute the core purpose of the grading system with another "At least you tried really, really, hard" BS. The schools are dumbed down. Due to the fact the teachers don't teach. They indoctrinate. Don't teach reading, math, and arithmetic. Instead teach social issues. Like gay, transgender, and other immoral beliefs. Such as abortion. Sex education etc. All the millions and millions wasted for this BS over 60 years.

Anonymous said...

How pathetic! Wicomico numbers are barely achieving 50% of the expected goals! I knew it was bad, but not this bad!

Anonymous said...

Teachers are constrained much of the time by standardized and tepid curriculum, not to mention inability to hold students accountable for discipline issues.

The survey was a required item for staff; questions were generalities.

Prediction: most campers will win a prize of some sort.

Anonymous said...

Dittos 2:40...Government/Public Schools have been dumbed down dramatically in the past 50-60 years. No one seemed to notice. Remember the Frog in the Warm Water...Too many asleep to realize. Now multiple generations have been dumbed down and can't get out of their own way. What a waste and what a shame. We the people are suffering now and it will be even worse going forth.

Anonymous said...

easy solution SCHOOL VOUCHERS NOW!!!!that will fix this marxist BS. dont pee on us and tell us its raining

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Anonymous said...

Just another article that does not address this is the cause of more crime and assaults in our schools Indoctrination of socialism and not letting the Teachers teach reading writing arithmetic and history.

Anonymous said...

That's y I moved the hell out of the bury Guetto.

Anonymous said...

Get RID of Common Core ALREADY.

Anonymous said...

Well the idiots elected Bill McCain and Josh Hastings to the Wicomico County Council. Just wait until they fulfill their campaign promises and force the county taxpayers to pay $13 Million dollars more for Dr. Hanlins "Vision."

After Billy says when he campaigned the 3 top things he kept hearing was Education, Education and Education. LMFAO. What a complete Doofus that Socialist Moron Bill McCain is.

Anonymous said...

Unqualified teachers trying to teach a bunch of unteachable thugs. They have no control over the hoodlum students who have never had a minutes training at home about respect or anything else. These trouble makers should be expelled , not suspended or a parent/teacher conference. The parents don't give a rip or they would have taught their kids some manners and respect for others and others property. And they wonder why there is a teacher shortage?? Not enough money on earth to pay me to be a teacher.