Local schools do well on State Report Card
CENTREVILLE — The Maryland State Department of Education released the results of their new school Report Card Tuesday, Dec. 4, with Queen Anne’s County Public Schools scoring consistently well throughout the district. The new Report Card summarizes school and school system performance with the new Maryland Accountability System — using a broad selection of performance indicators that help educators, parents and stakeholders better understand each school’s ranking.
With five-star ranking system, QACPS received a fivestar review for four schools; seven received a four-star rating and one school received a three-star rating. Only 12 of the 14 schools in Queen Anne’s were evaluated through the new accountability system; Centreville Elementary and Kent Island Elementary, being prekindergarten to second grade, do not have enough performance indicators to be evaluated using the new reporting formulas.
The five-star schools were: Bayside Elementary, Centreville Middle, Kennard Elementary and Matapeake Elementary.
Receiving a four-star review were: Church Hill Elementary, Grasonville Elementary, Kent Island High, Matapeake Middle, Queen Anne’s High, Stevensville Middle and Sudlersville Middle.
Sudlersville Elementary received the lowest ranking in the county with threestars.
“These results are an important snapshot of how a school is performing,” said QACPS Superintendent Andrea M. Kane, PH.D. “Though I am pleased with the overall scores for QACPS, they also reveal areas for improvement, and help us focus on addressing those concerns.”
In addition to student success and growth on State tests in English language arts and mathematics, the Maryland Report Card factors in progress in achieving English language proficiency for English learners, chronic absenteeism, preparation for postsecondary success, access to a wellrounded curriculum and graduation rate. In the coming years, it will include the results of a student and faculty survey.
“Education is and will always remain our number one priority, and we owe it to Maryland families to provide them with as much information as possible to make informed decisions about their children’s education,” said Gov. Larry Hogan in a statement. “The new Maryland Report Card will provide parents, teachers, and students with critical information about our schools and enhance transparency and accountability in our education system.”
Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, said in a statement that the simplified format of the Maryland Report Card is a big improvement.
“Our goal is to improve every school throughout our state, and prepare every student for a bright future,” said Salmon. “The new Maryland Report Card will help parents, educators, policymakers, and the general public gain a better understanding about how each school is doing based on our accountability measures. Together we are working toward making sure our schools are the best they can be.”
Schools receive points based on their results on the performance indicators. Educators and parents will be able to view a brief summary of performance by looking at a school’s Star Rating,
which tallies the school’s total earned points percent and issues a rating from 1 to 5 stars; the percentile rank, which is how a school performed in comparison to other schools in the category; and the total earned points percent, which is the total number of points earned by the school across the measures, divided by the total possible points.
The Report Card, for the first time, includes a broad selection of performance indicators to help measure how schools are doing.
According to MSDE, the Maryland Report Card website and the School Report Cards are designed to spark conversation, ideas and solutions for Maryland schools. Teachers and administrators should use these tools to inform and target improvements. The Report Card can help parents and stakeholders ask questions of school and district leaders, especially about their plans to improve the results. For state and district leaders, the Report Cards for schools and districts provide information about where resources and supports are most needed.
Report Cards for all school districts can be viewed at www.mdreportcard.org.
DR. ANDREA KANE
Table 1.0 Queen Anne’s County Public Schools State Report Card Results