Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The numbers in Howard County are even higher than statewide results.
Maryland students have once again secured a number one ranking—this time in the number of students scoring a 3 or higher out of five on an Advanced Placement test. The state moved up from 27.9 percent in 2011 to 29.6 percent in 2012, the highest percentage in the nation, according to a report released by the College Board Wednesday. A total of 48.2 percent of Maryland students took the exam in 2012, up from 46.4 the previous year. In comparison, 28 percent of all Howard County high school students, including over half of the seniors enrolled in an AP class in 2012, with 82 percent also taking the corresponding exam. In addition, 82 percent of the exams resulted in a score of 3 or higher, with 56 percent scoring a 4 or higher, according to …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The state received a B+ grade by Education Week, which released the annual report.
Maryland schools were ranked the best in the nation for the fifth year in a row, according to a study released by Education Week. "Maryland public schools are so fortunate to have bipartisan support throughout the State," State Superintendent Lillian Lowery said in a statement. "Our schools have the benefit of strong support from the Governor, other elected officials, educators, parents, business leaders, and the public at large. This ranking could not be achieved without the support of every partner, and we won’t be able to continue our improvement without that broad coalition." The state received an 87.5, B+ grade in the publication's analysis. Massachusetts trailed by 3.4 points to secure a second place ranking. At the other end of the …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Carbon monoxide leak at Atlanta elementary school sends 47 to hospital.
According to a recent Reuters story, a carbon monoxide leak caused by a faulty furnace at Finch Elementary School in Atlanta sent 43 students and six teachers to the hospital. The school did not have carbon monoxide detectors installed, and vapor levels of the deadly gas were “the highest we’ve ever seen,” said Atlanta Fire Department spokeswoman Marian McDaniel. As it turns out, no school in Georgia is required to install carbon monoxide detectors. Neither are schools in 47 other states. Information detailing state statutes on carbon monoxide detectors, noted on the website of the National Conference of State Legislators, says that only Maryland and Connecticut require installation of carbon monoxide detectors in schools. Maryland Code…
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Their students' performances and tests scores could affect teachers' pay increases and promotions.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
By Tim Ebner, Capital News Service Maryland schools are moving closer to overhauling the way that they evaluate teachers, putting more emphasis on student performance and test scores. The new evaluation system is currently being tested in Baltimore City and six counties, and will be expanded to the rest of the state in June. Supporters of the new system, including Gov. Martin O'Malley, said the change was necessary because Maryland did not have a statewide teacher evaluation system that took student performance into account. Under the new system, half of a teacher's evaluation score will depend on student performance and the other half on professional development. In the seven districts where the new evaluation models are being tested - …
Thursday, June 16, 2011
As this year's budget goes through reconciliation process, parents and teachers plead with the Board of Education to rearrange funds.
Staff reductions and increased class sizes are expected for county schools to adhere to the new fiscal year 2012 budget, but local parents are clearly still disturbed by the changes after a public hearing in Upper Marlboro last night. “My youngest is going to third grade next year, and I would hope that the middle school program would be as good as it is now when she gets there,” Andre Nottingham, a parent of two students, said before the county’s Board of Education. “But some of these changes are going to have a consequential impact on curriculum and programming.” The $1.6 billion budget, which was adopted in February and approved in May, is now in reconciliation. Last night’s public hearing in Upper Marlboro included more than 30 …