All Caroline County schools earn four stars on new MD Report Card


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All nine Caroline County schools earned four out of five stars as part of the new Maryland Report Card accountability system, according to data released by the Maryland State Department of Education today. The Report Card summarizes how schools performed on the new Maryland Accountability System.

Previously, MSDE used what was called “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP) as measured by test scores and graduation requirements. The new system reflects multiple components of school performance such as:

-academic achievement;

-academic progress;

-progress in achieving English language proficiency; and

-measures of school quality and student success such as absenteeism and opportunities for a well-rounded education.

At the high school level, graduation rate and readiness for postsecondary success are also included.

In the past, the Report Card graded the system as a whole but now focuses on individual schools by scoring them on a scale of one-to-five stars.

Superintendent Patricia Saelens said that now that the report has been released, staff will begin the work of unpacking the data. “We are extraordinarily proud of the accomplishments of our staff and students. The report card is a valuable tool, providing data that informs us where to build on what is working and where to dig into areas that need improvement.”

The Board was provided preliminary reports (report2) at their December meeting, and will be presented a detailed report at an upcoming work session.