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CUMBERLAND — Six Allegany County elementary schools ranked in the top 10 percent in Maryland, according to the 2018-2019 Maryland School Report Card released on Tuesday.

The statistics provide educators and parents with the most complete picture of school and school system performance in state history, officials said.

The top ranking schools include Frost, Cash Valley, Northeast, Beall, Parkside and Cresaptown.

The Report Card, for the first time, includes a broad selection of performance indicators to help measure how schools are doing. 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 well-rounded curriculum and graduation rate. 

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.

All fourteen Allegany County elementary schools received a 4 or 5 star rating. The county's seven middle and high schools received a 3 star rating or higher.

“I am very pleased that the Maryland Report Card acknowledges multiple performance factors, and I am extremely proud of the learning work that happens each day in Allegany County Public Schools,” Superintendent of Schools David Cox said. “That we have six of our elementary schools rated among the top 10 percent in the entire state is very affirming of our laser focus on achievement for all children.”

The new Maryland Report Card, based on the federal Every Student Succeeds Act accountability plan, represents a quantum leap from previous versions of the report card in place for the past two decades. The changes were set in motion by the passage of  ESSA, signed into law in 2015. ESSA succeeded the No Child Left Behind Act in governing state school improvement plans.

ESSA prompted states to develop long-term plans to improve schools through accountability and innovation. The State Board of Education, MSDE staff, superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, community leaders, advocacy groups and other stakeholders around the state worked together to create an accountability system that measured relevant, actionable aspects of school performance. The state plan was approved by the U.S. Department of Education in early 2018.

Each school’s results on the Maryland accountability system are compiled and reported on the Maryland Report Card website — http://reportcard.msde.maryland.gov/

CUMBERLAND TIMES-NEWS, ctn@times-news.com

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