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ESSA Listening Tour Coming to Baltimore City, Prince George’s County

January 13, 2017
State Gathering Input Next Week BALTIMORE (January 13, 2017) –The Maryland State Department of Education has scheduled listening sessions in Baltimore City and Prince George’s county next week to gather ideas for the State’s plan for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Each State is in the process of updating its plans for school and student improvement in compliance ... Learn more

Maryland Honors 10 Schools for Gifted and Talented Programs

January 13, 2017
Schools Will Receive Awards in February BALTIMORE — Maryland will honor ten schools next month with the Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) School award, which recognizes top elementary, middle, and high school programs. Now in its seventh year, the EGATE awards spotlight gifted and talented programs aligned with the Maryland Criteria for Excellence: Gifted and Talented Program Guidelines ... Learn more

MSDE Announcement: Innovative School Schedule Workgroup to Meet January 18

January 11, 2017
BALTIMORE – The first meeting of the Maryland State Department of Education’s Innovative School Schedule Workgroup will be held on Wednesday, January 18 at the Maryland Department of Transportation. The meeting will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The workgroup will explore different school scheduling models. It will review effective practices and look at the impacts of innovative ... Learn more

College Program Announced For Maryland Juvenile Services Center

January 10, 2017
Victor Cullen Students Take Online Courses Through Frederick Community College BALTIMORE –  Students at one of Maryland’s Juvenile Services facilities have started taking community college classes under a new agreement formally announced last week. Eligible students at the Victor Cullen Center in Sabillasville are taking online courses offered by Frederick Community College. Two students have already started their coursework, with more soon to ... Learn more

Maryland Teacher of the Year Named Finalist for National Honor

January 9, 2017
Baltimore City’s Athanasia Kyriakakos is One of Four Teachers Nominated for Top Honor BALTIMORE – Maryland Teacher of the Year Athanasia Kyriakakos today was named one of four finalists for the nation’s top teaching honor: National Teacher of the Year. Sia–as she’s known to her colleagues–is an art teacher at Baltimore City’s Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School She was named the 2016-2017 ... Learn more

ESSA Listening Tour to Make Stop in Dorchester County on January 10

January 6, 2017
State Gathering Input for New Plan BALTIMORE –The Maryland State Department of Education has scheduled a listening session in Cambridge next Tuesday to gather ideas for the State’s plan for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Each State is in the process of updating its plans for school and student improvement in compliance with ESSA. Maryland has been developing its ... Learn more

Maryland Continues to Rank Among Top States in Latest Education Study

January 4, 2017
National Publication Ranks Maryland’s System Fifth Overall BALTIMORE – Maryland’s public schools continue to rank among the nation’s highest rated school systems, according to an independent national report released today. Education Week, a national education newspaper, ranks Maryland fifth among 50 states and the District of Columbia in its latest “Quality Counts” report. Maryland received a “B” grade for the third straight ... Learn more

ESSA Listening Tour to Make Stop in Washington County, January 5

January 3, 2017
State Gathering Input for New Plan BALTIMORE –The Maryland State Department of Education has scheduled a listening session in Hagerstown this week to gather ideas for the State’s plan for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Each State is in the process of updating its plans for school and student improvement in compliance with ESSA. Maryland has been developing its ... Learn more

MSDE Sets Listening Tour to Gather Input for Every Student Succeeds Act

December 15, 2016
BALTIMORE–The Maryland State Department of Education has scheduled a series of five regional listening sessions designed to gather ideas for the State’s plan for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Each State is in the process of updating its plans for school and student improvement in compliance with ESSA. Maryland has been developing its plan with broad stakeholder input for ... Learn more

Maryland Receives $3.8 Million to Improve Alternative State Assessments

December 8, 2016
Federal Assessment Grant Will Develop Services for Students BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland State Department of Education has been awarded a $3,843,805 federal grant to develop supplemental resources for an alternative science exam designed for students with disabilities. The funds were awarded as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Enhanced Assessment Grant program. Maryland submitted as the lead state in ... Learn more

Dr. Chester Finn Elected Maryland State Board Vice President

December 5, 2016
BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Board of Education today elected education policy expert Dr. Chester Finn as its new vice president. A distinguished scholar, educator and public servant, Dr. Finn has devoted his career to improving education in the United States. He is the Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. He is also a Senior ... Learn more

Six Maryland Public Schools Named 2016-17 State Blue Ribbon Honorees

December 5, 2016
Program Spotlights High Achievement, Improvement BALTIMORE, MD – Six Maryland public schools today were selected as 2016-17 Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools. The schools are: • Shipley’s Choice Elementary School, Anne Arundel County • Sunderland Elementary School, Calvert County • Centerville Elementary School, Frederick County • Manor Woods Elementary School, Howard County • Ronald McNair Elementary School, Montgomery County • Farmland Elementary School, Montgomery County “The Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools represent the thoughtful work ... Learn more

MARYLAND STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO MEET ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 5

December 2, 2016
BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Board of Education will hold its regular meeting on Monday, December 5, at the Maryland State Department of Education, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore. It will be held in the State Board room on the 7th floor beginning at 9 a.m. (Please note that this meeting will be held on Monday rather than the usual Tuesday ... Learn more

Milken Family Foundation Release: Revolutionary War Balloon Battles and Math Scavenger Hunts: Havre de Grace Fifth-Grade Teacher Thomas Dennison Earns $25,000 Milken Educator Award

December 1, 2016
Dennison from Havre de Grace Elementary receives Award during surprise all-school assembly Santa Monica, Calif. (December 1, 2016)—Grade school education isn’t rocket science—except when it is. That’s just one of the out-of-the-box lessons fifth-graders learn in Thomas Dennison’s classroom. But Dennison had his own instructional surprise today during a school assembly at Havre de Grace Elementary in Harford County Public Schools, ... Learn more

Maryland Teacher Named 2017 National Language Teacher of the Year

November 18, 2016
BOSTON—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the 2017 National Language Teacher of the Year has been awarded to Katrina Griffin, a German teacher at North County High School in Glen Burnie, MD, and a member of NECTFL. The award presentation was held during the Opening General Session of the 2016 ACTFL Convention ... Learn more

Dr. Rose Maria Li Appointed to the Maryland State Board of Education

November 14, 2016
Term Continues Through June 2017 BALTIMORE – Governor Larry Hogan has appointed science management and research expert Dr. Rose Maria Li to the Maryland State Board of Education. Dr. Li’s appointment fills the unexpired term of Dr. S. James Gates, who resigned last month. Her term ends June 30, 2017. “Rose Li has the right combination of experience, knowledge, and ... Learn more

State Scores Rise on National Science Assessment

October 27, 2016
Maryland Students Score At or Above US Averages on NAEP Science BALTIMORE – Maryland student scores improved at both the fourth and eighth grade level on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science exams for 2016. Data released today also found State students outpacing the national averages at the eighth grade level, and on par with national averages ... Learn more

More Than 2,000 Students Receive BOOST Scholarships for 2016-17

October 24, 2016
New Program Provides Financial Aid to Attend Nonpublic Schools BALTIMORE – The new Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program provided scholarships this fall to more than 2,000 low-income Maryland students to attend nonpublic or faith-based schools. The BOOST legislation was created in the 2016 legislation session with the support of Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker ... Learn more

Maryland State Board of Education to Meet October 25

October 20, 2016
Retreat is set for Monday, October 24 BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Board of Education will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 25, at the Maryland State Department of Education, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore. It will be held in the State Board room on the 7th floor beginning at 9 a.m. Items on this month’s regular meeting agenda on ... Learn more

Maryland Schools Taking Part in Fourth Annual ‘Great Southeast ShakeOut’ This Week

October 17, 2016
Earthquake Preparedness Event set for Thursday, October 20 BALTIMORE — Maryland schools this week are joining schools from seven other states and the District of Columbia in the fourth annual Great SouthEast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. Held annually on the third Thursday of October, the ShakeOut International Day of Action is set for Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 10:20 a.m. ... Learn more

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