Maryland’s New School Report Card System Explained

Over 75 percent of Montgomery County’s public schools earned four stars or higher on their Maryland School Report Cards.

Indeed, the Maryland State Department of Education developed these report cards in response to the Every Student Succeeds Act. Thus,this law ensures quality public education to all students.

As such, the Maryland Report Card reflects “the state’s new accountability system.”

It measures a school’s test scores, curriculum access, absenteeism rates, school climate, college and career readiness, and student growth. Schools receive three scores:

  1. Star Rating (based on point percentage).
  2. Percentile Rank (school’s performance compared to other schools)
  3. Total Earned Points Percent (school’s total points, divided by total possible points).

MCPS spokesperson Derek Turner told The Washington Post that although Montgomery County scored well, more needs to be done to understand an individual student’s performance.

He said, “It’s good news, but we want to look deeper.”

Similarly, in an email to parents, MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith echoed this sentiment. Moreover, he noted that measuring how schools can improve is a “local responsibility.”

Smith said, “While the Report Card does provide important information about our schools, its selected data points must be comparable to other districts and therefore, provide a limited view into the progress of our nearly 163,000 students.”

Thus, MCPS implemented an Equity Accountability Model that examines five focus groups of students who haven’t received equal access to success, compared to other students.

Justin Hartings, the state board of education president, told the The Washington Post that state officials views this positively.

“To the extent that Montgomery County or any other district in the state wants to provide any additional information, I don’t see it as a threat or a criticism. I see it as a great addition to the baseline the state is already providing,” said Hartings.

Report Card For MCPS Elementary Schools

Indicator Possible Points Earned Points
Academic Achievement 20 11.7
Academic Progress 30 20.5
Progress in Achieving English Language Proficiency 10 7.1
School Quality and Student Success 25 21.5

Report Card For MCPS Middle Schools

Indicator Possible Points Earned Points
Academic Achievement 20 11.3
Academic Progress 28 17.2
Progress in Achieving English Language Proficiency 10 5.8
School Quality and Student Success 25 17.9

Report Card For MCPS High Schools

Indicator Possible Points Earned Points
Academic Achievement 30 17
Graduation Rate 15 13.5
Progress in Achieving English Language Proficiency 10 5.9
Readiness for Post-Secondary Success 10 7.1
School Quality and Student Success 25 14.1
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Deirdre Byrne

About Deirdre Byrne

Deirdre Byrne is a social media coordinator for Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at dbyrne@mymcmedia.org or on twitter at @DeirdreByrneMCM.

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