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Maryland School District Outlines Plan to Meet ESSA Requirements

As Katryna Perera reports, Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) staff “outlined a plan to the Board of Education to help the district meet requirements set forth” under ESSA last week. According to Jamie Aliveto, FCPS’ executive director of system accountability and school administration, ESSA’s approach...

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Maryland releases first public school star rankings

“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

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

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”

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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