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Maryland State School Superintendent Statement on School Safety

February 23, 2018
  Baltimore, MD Dear Maryland Education Community: The events of February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have shaken every educator, parent and student to their core.  Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the students, families, school system and community affected by this senseless tragedy. Student safety is of paramount concern to all of us.  The safety of our children ... Learn more

Maryland State Board of Education to Meet on Tuesday, February 27

February 23, 2018
BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Board of Education will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, February 27, 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 agenda include the following (times approximate): 9:35 a.m. Bridge ... Learn more

Maryland Students Set New Record for Advanced Placement Success

February 21, 2018
Participation and Scores Continue to Rise BALTIMORE – Maryland student success on the Advanced Placement (AP) test set a new record in 2017. At the same time, participation in the rigorous exams also increased to its highest level. The percentage of Maryland seniors who earned a score of 3 or higher on one or more AP exams reached 31.2 percent in 2017, ... Learn more

Hogan Administration Lifts Freeze on Child Care Subsidy List

February 13, 2018
Will Help Additional Low-Income Working Families with Child Care Costs BALTIMORE – Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the administration has lifted the long-time freeze on the Maryland State Department of Education’s Child Care Subsidy program list. The Child Care Subsidy Program, which is funded through a combination of state and federal sources, provides financial assistance to help eligible working families ... Learn more

Buckingham Elementary School Nationally Recognized For Academic Achievement in 2017

February 7, 2018
School To Be Honored During National Title I Conference BALTIMORE, MD — Buckingham Elementary School in Berlin is one of 63 U.S. schools named as 2017 National Title I Distinguished Schools. The honorees were given this designation for either achieving exceptional student performance overall, for significantly closing the achievement gap between student groups, or for excellence in serving special populations ... Learn more

February is Career and Technology Education Month

February 1, 2018
BALTIMORE – Governor Larry Hogan has issued a proclamation recognizing February as National Career and Technical Education (CTE) month. High schools and community colleges throughout the State of Maryland will be celebrating CTE Month to promote their programs and spotlight their students’ successes. Today’s CTE classrooms are modern-day laboratories, where students and educators alike are developing the ... Learn more

Maryland’s State Assessments Receive Full Federal Approval

January 31, 2018
Only Testing Program to Receive the Highest Mark BALTIMORE – Maryland’s State assessments in mathematics and reading/English Language Arts have met all requirements set by the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), according to a newly completed peer review process. The assessments are the first, and to date only, testing program to receive this designation under the revised ESEA. It confirms ... Learn more

Kindergarten Readiness Data Released for 2017-18

January 30, 2018
Modest Improvement Registered; Gaps Revealed BALTIMORE – Results from Maryland’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) reveals that nearly half of Maryland’s incoming students in the fall of 2017 were fully prepared for learning. The data, released today in a report presented to the Maryland State Board of Education, offers a new baseline for assessing kindergarten readiness to help elevate preparation for all Maryland ... Learn more

Maryland State Board of Education to Meet on Tuesday, January 30

January 25, 2018
BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Board of Education will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, January 30, 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. In addition, the State Board will hold a work session on Monday, January 29, beginning ... Learn more

Federal Funds Serve Summer Meals to Children and Teens

January 24, 2018
Maryland State Department of Education Promotes Popular Free Summer Meals Program BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Department of Education is seeking public and private nonprofit organizations to serve free, nutritious meals to children and teens this summer through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a U. S. Department of Agriculture program. Over 396,000 Maryland children are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals ... Learn more

Governor, State Superintendent Honor Annapolis High School Teacher

January 24, 2018
Algebra Teacher Allison Felton Receives 2017-18 Milken Educator Award BALTIMORE – Allison Felton, an algebra teacher at Annapolis High School in Anne Arundel County, today was named the surprise recipient of a prestigious 2017-18 Milken National Educator Award. Felton is the only Maryland educator receiving a Milken honor this year, and one of only 44 in the nation. Governor Larry Hogan ... Learn more

Maryland Receives Federal Approval of New School Improvement Plan

January 17, 2018
BALTIMORE –The U.S. Department of Education has approved Maryland’s plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal law requiring state action on school improvement. The U.S. Department of Education’s announcement can be found here: https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/secretary-devos-approves-marylands-essa-state-plan Maryland’s complete ESSA plan will be available here: http://marylandpublicschools.org/about/Documents/ESSA/ESSAMDSubmissionConsolidatedStatePlan011018.pdf Learn more

MSDE Announcement: Maryland High School Graduation Task Force to Meet on January 19

January 16, 2018
The Maryland High School Graduation Task Force will hold its first meeting on Friday, January 19 at the Maryland Department of Transportation, 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. The Task Force, commissioned by Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, is co-chaired by Dr. Carol Williamson, Deputy State Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, and ... Learn more

Maryland Honors Seven Schools for Gifted and Talented Education Programs

January 10, 2018
Schools Will Receive Awards During Gifted and Talented Education Month in February BALTIMORE — Maryland will honor seven 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 eighth year, the EGATE awards spotlight gifted and talented programs aligned with the Maryland Criteria for Excellence: Gifted ... Learn more

MSDE Announcement: State Board to Meet Tuesday Via Conference Call; Discuss Maryland’s ESSA Plan

December 18, 2017
BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Board of Education will meet via conference call at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19. Board members will discuss the U.S. Department of Education’s feedback on the State’s plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The meeting is open to the public via the conference call link. Interested individuals may call 1-855-797-9480. The ... Learn more

Six Maryland Public Schools Named 2017-18 State Blue Ribbon Honorees

December 5, 2017
Program Spotlights High Achievement BALTIMORE – Six Maryland public schools today were selected as 2017-18 Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools. All six were selected as an Exemplary High Performing School, one of the U.S. Department of Education’s two categories. The schools are being honored today before the Maryland State Board of Education. The schools are: • West Towson Elementary School, Baltimore County • Urbana ... Learn more

MSDE Releases Resource Guide to Strengthen Student Mental Health

December 1, 2017
Offers Recommendations to Prevent Suicide; Human Trafficking BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Department of Education has published a new resource guide featuring Mental Health and Wellness Programs across the State, and created two new websites to provide information to districts regarding youth suicide and human trafficking. These resources mark the first outcomes of a committee, launched to place ... Learn more

Maryland State Board of Education to Meet on Tuesday, December 5

December 1, 2017
BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Board of Education will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, 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. In addition, the State Board will hold a work session on Monday, December ... Learn more

MSDE Awards Grants to Fifteen Organizations

November 28, 2017
Funds Will Help Expand, or Create Extended Day and Summer Enhancement Programs BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Department of Education has awarded grants to 15 organizations that will help expand or create extended day and summer enhancement programs for Maryland students. The Public Schools Opportunities Enhancement Act program was offered in six local systems: Allegany, Caroline, Prince George’s, Somerset, and Wicomico ... Learn more

Maryland Launches “NSA Day of Cyber” School Challenge

November 6, 2017
Program Aims to Ignite Student Interest in Cybersecurity BALTIMORE – Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, today announced the launch of the Maryland “NSA Day of Cyber” School Challenge, a free online cybersecurity career exploration and mentorship platform that enables students to test drive their future by living a day in the life of six National Security Agency (NSA) leaders. ... Learn more

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