The Com­pass will guide BCPS into the fu­ture

The Dundalk Eagle - - NEWS -

A fo­cus on qual­ity in­struc­tion and sys­temic sup­ports will guide the next eight years of Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Schools, ac­cord­ing to “The Com­pass: Our Path­way to Ex­cel­lence,” a new strate­gic plan for the school sys­tem ap­proved at tonight’s meet­ing of the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion of Bal­ti­more County.

“Now, more than ever, we need the clar­ity pro­vided by The Com­pass to sup­port the aca­demic and so­cial-emo­tional well­ness of each of our chil­dren,” said BCPS Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Dar­ryl L. Wil­liams. “We have plenty of unan­swered ques­tions as our com­mu­ni­ties con­tinue to face un­cer­tainty re­lated to COVID-19, but we are strong in our re­solve to achieve BCPS Pol­icy 0100: Eq­uity by rais­ing the aca­demic bar, clos­ing gaps, and pre­par­ing stu­dents for suc­cess in the fu­ture. We need all hands and hearts to join us!”

The Com­pass is based on ex­ten­sive pub­lic outreach that be­gan on Dr. Wil­liams’ first day as su­per­in­ten­dent – July 1, 2019 – and ex­tended through the cal­en­dar year with for­mal and in­for­mal com­mu­nity en­gage­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents, fam­i­lies, com­mu­nity mem­bers, and staff, in­clud­ing the 100-Day En­try Plan and 10 Com­mu­nity Con­ver­sa­tions.

The broad feed­back Dr. Wil­liams re­ceived yielded five pri­or­i­ties: learn­ing, ac­count­abil­ity, and re­sults; safe and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment; high-per­form­ing work­force and align­ment of hu­man cap­i­tal; com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and part­ner­ships; and op­er­a­tional ex­cel­lence.

For each fo­cus area, The Com­pass pro­vides key ini­tia­tives, strate­gies, and mea­sures of progress. stan­dards.

In­crease the per­cent­age of stu­dents meet­ing or ex­ceed­ing the State of Mary­land’s So­cial Stud­ies as­sess­ment stan­dards. (De­pen­dent on as­sess­ment avail­abil­ity)

Close the gap be­tween stu­dent groups in (gifted and tal­ented) GT iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

In­crease the per­cent­age of English Learner stu­dents mak­ing progress to­ward English pro­fi­ciency.

In­crease the per­cent­age of BCPS grad­u­ates who meet the State of Mary­land’s stan­dards for col­lege and ca­reer suc­cess.

Stake­holder Sur­vey items in the ar­eas of so­cial-emo­tional well-be­ing and phys­i­cal safety.

En­sure the emer­gency pre­pared­ness of schools.

In­crease the re­sources pro­vided to serve non-English speak­ing stu­dents and their fam­i­lies.

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