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A Message from the Superintendent of Schools
Maryland public schools have successfully implemented the ambitious school reform requirements 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 includes the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) and High School Assessment (HSA). Students take the MSA in reading and math in grades 3-8, the MSA in science in grades 5 and 8, the English HSA in grade 10, and the algebra HSA in the grade they are in when they complete algebra.
The 2009 Maryland School Performance Report reflects percentages of students performing at the advanced, proficient, or basic levels of competency on the MSA or HSA 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 2009. For additional information concerning specifics about the MSA or HSA, 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 state assessments provide us with a rigorous standard by which to measure student achievement and our progress in efforts to leave no child behind, they are 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