Lo­cal schools do well on State Re­port Card

Record Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By HAN­NAH COMBS [email protected]­times.com

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

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