Maryland

State Plan Submissions and Drafts

Since April 3, a number of states have submitted their ESSA implementation plans to the U.S. Dept. of Education. Here’s a compiled list of the state plan submissions and the most recent draft versions states have released so far. Approved Plans Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Connecticut:...

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MD Gov. Voices His Opinion Concerning State’s ESSA Plan

In letters sent this week to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Maryland State Board of Education President Andy Smarick, Governor Larry Hogan “wrote that he believes” the state’s ESSA plan “will make little difference under a state law he fought against.”

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MD Board of Ed Approves 5-Start Rating System

The Maryland Board of Education approved a “five-star rating system” under the state’s ESSA plan. Cheryl Bost, vice president of the Maryland State Education Association, commented this plan “will set the direction and priorities of local school systems for the next 10 to 15 years,...

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MD Legislature Overrules Gov. Hogan’s Veto

The Maryland Legislature overruled Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that “would limit the state’s use of charter operators and vouchers to improve low-performing schools” under the state’s ESSA plan. The bill received support from the teacher’s union who argued it “was meant to...

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MD General Assembly Submits Education Accountability Bill

The Maryland Legislature submitted a bill that would allow the state’s Board of Education to “determine how schools should be rated to determine performance.” The bill would “force the state board to reduce the weight given to standardized testing” and “prohibit the state from turning...

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MD Stakeholders Stress Importance of Consistency and Accountability

During a recent meeting as part of the Maryland Dept. of Education’s ESSA listening tour, stakeholders called for “consistency and ease of access to information” and “expressed interest in using additional indicators of success outside of academic standards.” Participants also suggested “investing in good leaders...

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