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ERIC Number: ED504824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Looking For New Ways to Make Progress: School Restructuring in Maryland, 2008-09 Follow-Up Report
Neuman-Sheldon, Brenda
Center on Education Policy
This report describes Maryland's latest approaches to dealing with restructuring schools and other schools in NCLB improvement. Information for this report was obtained between September 2008 and January 2009 from interviews with Maryland State Department of Education officials and with administrators in three Maryland districts: Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Baltimore City Public School System, and Prince George's County Public Schools. Information was also gleaned from state, regional, district, and school data and documents, such as state restructuring and school improvement policies, state records tracking restructuring implementation, state report cards, and state test score data. Five key findings resulted from the study. (1) In 2008-09, Maryland began implementing a differentiated accountability pilot, which revised the labels for various categories of school improvement and changed the supports and interventions provided by the state. Under this pilot program, Maryland is more clearly identifying schools with comprehensive needs that require greater state intervention and support, and is intervening in these schools in the earlier stages of improvement before restructuring is required. (2) Maryland has retooled financial support for schools in improvement to take into account how many years a school has been in improvement, how many subgroups have contributed to the school's inability to make adequate yearly progress, and which grade levels the school serves. State funding for schools in improvement decreased in 2008-09 as a part of larger state budget cuts. (3) Although Maryland has begun making substantive changes to the NCLB accountability framework through the DAP, districts have not yet made major changes to their own support of schools in improvement. (4) The number of schools entering the implementation phase of NCLB restructuring has far outpaced the number exiting restructuring. This is one of the greatest challenges facing Maryland as it attempts to improve schools under NCLB. (5) Replacing school staff has become the most common restructuring option for schools implementing restructuring plans. In 2008-09, 43% (38 schools) of the schools implementing restructuring plans have replaced school staff as part of these plans. The extensive use of staff replacement as a restructuring option in Maryland makes the state an interesting testing ground for this improvement strategy. The report concludes by noting that, in spite of continuous and proactive efforts from both the state and local districts, most efforts to improve student achievement in restructuring schools have not led to substantially more schools raising achievement enough to exit improvement. (Contains 2 figures, 2 tables, and 1 box. Appended to this report is a table showing the number of Maryland schools using various restructuring options.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; George Gund Foundation; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Phi Delta Kappa International
Authoring Institution: Center on Education Policy
Identifiers - Location: Maryland
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001