A few weeks ago I told you that one of the first steps to bridging Maryland’s achievement gaps is championing parental involvement.
So many Marylanders responded by stepping forward as champions yourselves, writing and testifying in support of S.B. 329, a bill that would allow Maryland parents to attend parent-teacher conferences without penalty from their employer.
Now I’m proud to announce a new online tool to complement our efforts: MarylandCAN’s online School and District Report Cards. Our report cards provide Maryland families with detailed information about all 1,400 public schools in our state based on the academic achievement of their students.
Because this is our first year releasing online report cards, we’re treating it as a pilot year. Starting in 2013, we’ll assign letter grades to every public school and district in Maryland. But before we do that, we want to hear from you about how well you think our report cards reflect what’s happening inside our public schools. Feel free to get in touch with us to share your thoughts and feedback on our methodology.
Every parent deserves to know how well their child’s public school is meeting the needs of its students. By pinpointing exactly where the achievement gap lives, we will equip every Marylander—parents and non-parents alike—with the information they need to serve as effective advocates for kids.