April 30, 2015

Maryland releases first public school star rankings

December 4, 2018

“Last week Maryland released the results of its first-ever report card grading system for state schools,” WBAL Baltimore reports. The system uses a 5-star rating system, with rankings “based on academic and non-academic factors” including “progress in achieving English language proficiency for English Learners, chronic...

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Absenteeism Big Factor in Maryland’s ESSA Plan

September 17, 2018

Absenteeism is “front and center” in Maryland’s ESSA plan, Emma Kerr reports for the Frederick News Post. She notes that “15 percent of an elementary, middle, and high school’s overall accountability score will be determined based on the percentage of students who are absent 10...

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Maryland Parents Getting a New Kind of Report Card this Fall

February 28, 2018

WBAL Radio reports that Maryland parents will soon be able to find out how their children’s school ranks statewide, as well as what each school is doing to improve its performance. This change, which is “connected” to ESSA—will be implemented in the fall, and “show parents how...

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Maryland’s Plan “Needs Work”

December 12, 2017

Maryland was the first second-round state to receive feedback on their ESSA plan. The U.S. Dept. of Education has asked the state to “rethink” its “student achievement goals, calculating academic growth into its accountability system, and explain how it will measure school climate and access...

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

October 17, 2017

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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

September 15, 2017

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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Maryland State Board Approves ESSA Plan, Submits to Gov. for Review

August 22, 2017

The Maryland State Board of Education has approved its plan. The plan now goes to Gov. Hogan for approval before submission to the U.S. Dept. of Education.

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MD Board of Ed Approves 5-Start Rating System

June 29, 2017

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

April 12, 2017

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

March 25, 2017

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

January 12, 2017

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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MD Dept. of Ed Announces 5 Stop Listening Tour for ESSA

January 5, 2017

The Maryland State Dept. of Education is launching a five-stop listening tour for ESSA. The dept. “expects to submit its plan to the Dept. of Education this summer.”

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases State ESSA Primers

May 16, 2016

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s primers include individual state by state accountability system fact sheets, which detail each state’s current accountability system, what could change under ESSA, and what to be asking state leaders. See details about your state here.

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