The Compass will guide BCPS into the future
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.