New Maryland Report Card Provides Insight on School, System Performance
Report Card Goes Beyond Test Scores for More Complete Picture
The 2018-2019 Maryland School Report Card, released on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 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.
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.
- All fourteen elementary schools received a 4 or 5 star rating.
- All middle and high schools received a 3 star rating or higher.
- Six elementary schools ranked in the top 10% of all schools in the State.
“I am very pleased that the Maryland Report Card acknowledges multiple performance factors, and I am extremely proud of the learning work that happens each day in Allegany County Public Schools,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. David Cox. “That we have six of our elementary schools rated among the top 10% in the entire state is very affirming of our laser focus on achievement for all children.” He continued, “We always have work to do to continuously improve, and we will use this information as we plan for greater student achievements in each school and in the district. This information also underscores the vital importance of continuing to keep our conversations, energies and efforts focused on all students and their learning needs ahead of all else.”
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.