ERIC Number: ED462513
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Aiming Higher: The Next Decade of Education Reform in Maryland. A Policy Review.
This report examines Maryland's role in setting and measuring higher standards; holding schools, districts, and students accountable for results; strengthening teaching and helping schools and districts build capacity to implement reform; and sustaining public support for standards-based reform. A review team analyzed written documents regarding various aspects of Maryland's education system and interviewed a cross-section of Maryland leaders from government, education, and business and senior staff from the Maryland State Department of Education. Maryland sets high expectations for performance, sustaining rigorous performance assessments, holding schools accountable for ensuring that no students are trapped in failing schools, and recruiting teachers equipped to teach to higher standards. Assessments lead reform. Many schools have shown progress on the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program. Gaps between Hispanic and white students on the National Assessment of Education Progress have narrowed. Achievement gaps between low-income and minority students, on the one hand, and their more advantaged counterparts persist statewide, particularly in urban areas. Maryland policymakers and educators are raising the bar for performance again. Recommendations include: all K-12 educators and students must be accountable for results, and Maryland should enhance its role in curriculum, professional development, and teaching quality. Three appendices present review team biographies, documents reviewed, and list of interviewees. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Graduation, State Standards, Student Evaluation, Teacher Competencies
For full text: http://www.achieve.org/achieve.nsf/StatePro Maryland?openform.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.
Authoring Institution: Achieve, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland