Strategic Planning and System Performance is responsible for the following areas of Carroll County Public Schools:
Guidance and support to central office staff, principals, supervisors, teachers, and other school-based personnel in using a wide range of data to achieve program and school improvement goals, including those directly related to student achievement and school performance;
The development of the Comprehensive Master Plan.
Coordination of the production and distribution of the Carroll County, Maryland Report Card and Annual Report on Progress.
The latest federal legislation about school accountability is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law in 2015. Under ESSA, each state is required to submit a plan detailing how the law will be implemented, including how it will hold schools accountable for student performance. Some parts of the accountability system are required by law--for example, all high schools, nationwide, are accountable for their graduation rate. The law also allows states to choose components of the accountability system that are important to its students and stakeholders.
Maryland created its accountability system from January 2017 through June 2018. The State Board of Education, Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) staff, superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, community leaders, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders around the State worked together to create an accountability system that measured relevant, actionable aspects of school performance. The State plan was approved by the U.S. Department of Education in early 2018.
The Maryland accountability system includes multiple ways to describe student and school performance. The major components of the accountability system are called "indicators." The indicators are: Academic Achievement, Academic Progress, Progress in Achieving English Language Proficiency, and School Quality and Student Success at the Elementary and Middle School Levels; Academic Achievement, Graduation Rate, Progress in Achieving English Language Proficiency, Readiness for Postsecondary Success, and School Quality and Student Success at the High School Level.
In 2002, the Maryland General Assembly enacted the Bridge to Excellence in Public Schools Act. This legislation provides a powerful framework for all 24 Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to increase student achievement for all students and to close the achievement gap. The Bridge to Excellence legislation significantly increased State Aid to public education and required each LEA to develop a comprehensive master plan, to be updated annually. Each LEA shall develop and implement a comprehensive master plan that describes the goals, objectives, and strategies that will be used to improve student achievement in each segment of the student achievement. Additionally, each annual update will include detailed summaries of the alignment between the LEA’s current year approved budget, prior year actual budget and the master plan goals and objectives.
In 2016, the Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill (HB) 999, the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, and HB 412, Assessment Administration and Provision of Information. HB 999 outlines the reporting structure of the 2016 and 2017 Bridge to Excellence Master Plan Annual Update, which limits specified requirements to be reported in the master plan annual update for these two years. HB 412 outlines assessment reporting details specified in the new Education Article Section 7-203.3 for each assessment administered in each LEA, and the information that shall be provided for each administrated assessment. Below you will find the details of House Bill 999, House Bill 412 and Section 7-203.3 demonstrating the revisions that must be included in the 2016 and 2017 master plan annual updates.
The 2018-2019 plan serves as a bridge between the school system's Vision 2018 plan and the new Strategic Improvement Plan completed in the Fall of 2018.
The links below will redirect to the Maryland Report Card hosted by MSDE. *Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Report Card results for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years will not be published.
**The most recently available Report Card is for 2018 & 2019.