Bridge to Excellence Master Plan and Race to the Top Reporting
The Bridge to Excellence Master Plan, required by Maryland
legislation and updated annually, links school finance directly to
decisions about improving student learning. School systems are required
to integrate state, federal, and local funding into the Master plan and
must demonstrate alignment between budgets and academic programming.
MSDE comprehensively reviews each school district's Master Plan
Update to ensure that the narratives, action plans, and respective
budgets meet the goals of Maryland's Bridge to Excellence Act, the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (also known as No Child Left
Behind), and the Race to the Top reform areas.