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Members of the Board
A Message from the State Superintendent of Schools
We are currently in the sixth year of a new era of ambitious school reform initiated by the
ratification of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, more popularly known as the No
Child left Behind Act (NClB). Maryland has designated school assessments to meet the
federal mandate of the No Child left Behind Act as well as recommendations contained in
Achievement Matters Most, the report submitted by a state panel of parents, legislators,
educators, and business and community leaders. This testing program is called the Maryland
School Assessment (MSA) and was first administered in March 2003 to students in grades 3, 5,
8, and 10 in reading and grades 3, 5, and 8 in math. Students' proficiency in algebra is the high
school measure for math, regardless of the grade students are in when they take algebra.
During the 2003-2004 school year, testing expanded to include reading and math assessments
in grades 4, 6, and 7. This year, for the first time, scores are reported for the science MSA that
is taken by students in grades 5 and 8.
The 2008 Maryland School Performance Report reflects percentages of students performing at
the advanced, proficient, or basic levels of competency on the MSA in math, reading, and
science. Data points are disaggregated by race/ethnicity and special services categories. In
addition, the report indicates whether a school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in that
specified category in 2008. For additional information concerning specifics about the MSA,
please visit the Maryland State Department of Education website at www.mdreportcard.org.
In this era of accountability, we remain steadfast in our commitment to provide a quality
education for all children. Although the MSAs will provide us with a rigorous standard by which
to measure student achievement and our progress in efforts to leave no child behind, it is but
one measure. Schools will need to continue to review this report, as well as local data, to
determine areas of greatest need and focus resources to improve performance. All members of
our school community provide a valued voice to this school improvement process. I urge all
parents to visit your child's classroom, volunteer your talents and join your PTSA so you can
contribute firsthand to your child's success.
Jack R. Smith, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools