School Report Cards Released by MSDE

The Maryland State Department of Education released the 2019 Maryland Report Card website today. The website contains report cards for every school in the state, including all Talbot County Public Schools.

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The Maryland State Department of Education released the 2019 Maryland Report Card website today.  The website contains report cards for every school in the state, including all Talbot County Public Schools.

The Maryland Report Cards provide each school’s overall score with total points earned, percentile ranking among all schools in Maryland, and a star rating based on the State’s new accountability system.  These scores reflect school performance on multiple components.  For elementary and middle schools, the system includes academic achievement, academic progress, progress in achieving English language proficiency, and measures of school quality and student success.  For high schools, the system includes academic achievement, graduation rate, progress in English language proficiency, readiness for postsecondary success, and measures of school quality and student success.

This year science assessments for 5th and 8th grade, school climate surveys, and computational learning were added as measures of accountability, which may have shifted some impact from the previous year’s report card.  Other measures such as social studies assessments will be added to the MD Report Card in the future, which could impact scores.

“Since this data has just been released, we will take time to delve into the details to determine strengths and areas for improvement,” said Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent of Schools.  “It is important to note that because of the varying demographics of some of our schools, some scoring components are not able to be measured and it may be difficult to compare some of our schools to one another.  Overall, we have maintained our progress even with increased targets and added areas of accountability.”

Maryland introduced the School Report Cards in 2018 so students, parents, educators and community members could better understand how their schools are performing, just as report cards help parents understand how their children are doing.  The goal of the school report card is to provide a starting point and to offer concise and easy-to-understand information for each school.  The scores for Talbot County Public Schools are as follows:

  • Chapel District Elementary School earned 79% of the possible points, received 5 out of 5 stars and was in the 93rd percentile compared to other elementary schools in the state.
  • Easton Elementary School earned 63% of the possible points, received 4 out of 5 stars and was in the 52nd percentile compared to other elementary schools in the state.
  • St. Michaels Elementary School earned 67% of the possible points, received 4 out of 5 stars and was in the 64th percentile compared to other schools in the state.
  • White Marsh Elementary School earned 68% of the possible points, received 4 out of 5 stars and was in the 68th percentile compared to other elementary schools in the state.
  • Tilghman Elementary School earned 75% of the possible points, received 5 out of 5 stars and was in the 85th percentile compared to other elementary schools in the state.
  • Easton Middle School earned 46% of the possible points, received 3 out of 5 stars and was in the 29th percentile compared to other middle schools in the state.
  • St. Michaels Middle High School earned a combined 65% of the possible points and received 4 out of 5 stars.  Separately, St. Michaels Middle School was in the 64th percentile compared to other middle schools and St. Michaels High School was in the 72nd percentile compared to other high schools in the state.
  • Easton High School earned 58% of the possible points, received 3 out of 5 stars and was in the 45th percentile compared to other high schools in the state.

We encourage parents and other members of the community to explore the new Maryland Report Card website at MdReportCard.org, where the individual School Report Cards and County data can be found, as well as additional resources which explain how the results were calculated.  The Maryland School Report Card represents an exciting opportunity to empower and inform schools, parents, and community members so that every school and every student in the state can succeed.  It not only gives us data about our schools, it also brings together that data in a usable way to help us ask questions, find answers, make decisions and take action.


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