News Release, Maryland State Department of Education
EDITORS NOTE: We will be delving into and publishing articles this week on each individual Southern Maryland County. This report is for the state overall.
BALTIMORE – The 2019 Maryland School Report Card, released today, provides an enhanced and comprehensive picture of school and school system performance, with new indicators about achievement among student groups, input from students and educators, and information about whether schools have improved since last year.
Available now on the Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE) School Report Card website, MdReportcard.org, updated data includes 2018-2019 school assessment results, percentile rankings, Star Ratings, state science assessment results for elementary and middle school students, and indicators of school improvement.
For the first time, the Report Card also includes the results of a statewide School Survey, which was taken by students in grades 5 through 11, and educators in every school. It provides a composite score based on input about safety, community, environment, and relationships, all of which are important factors in supporting a positive learning environment for all students. There is also detailed information about the performance of student groups, since schools are accountable for serving all learners.
Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, stressed that the new features of the 2019 Maryland School Report Card are significant in charting school improvement and equity, which are two of the highest priorities of MSDE.
“When we unveiled the new Maryland Report Card last year, we envisioned that this tool would evolve to remain relevant and important in school improvement efforts statewide,” Dr. Salmon said. “We hope this will help everyone gain a better understanding of how each school is doing, and provide inspiration about how we can work together to make our schools the best they can be for all students.”
The Maryland Report Card website features individual school report cards, which measure a wide range of factors. In addition to achievement on state assessments, each Maryland School Report Card looks at factors such as growth in achievement, high school graduation rates, student access to a well-rounded curriculum, progress in achieving English language proficiency, and readiness for postsecondary success.
The information is presented online in a searchable and user-friendly format, and there are resources also available on the website to help parents and educators understand the information and navigate the site. The 2019 Maryland School Report Card is available at MDReportcard.org.