By the Numbers 2013-14
(updated: August 23, 2013)
City Schools at a Glance
2013-14 Projected Student Enrollment: 85,306 total*
- 45,123 students in grades pre-k–5*
- 16,907 students in grades 6–8*
- 23,276 students in grades 9–12*
- 85 percent African American; 8 percent White; 5 percent Hispanic/Latino
- 84 percent low income (based on eligibility for Free or Reduced-Price Meals)
- 4 percent English language learner, pre-k to grade 12
* Figures for the 2013-14 school year are projections. Official enrollment and demographic data will be available in late fall 2013.
2013-14 Schools and Programs: 195 total
- 1 pre-k/kindergarten school
- 54 elementary schools
- 75 elementary/middle schools
- 9 middle schools
- 17 middle/high schools
- 31 high schools
- 1 elementary/middle/high school
- 7 programs (not schools)
These include 31 charter schools and 19 schools managed by external operators.
FY2014 Budget: $1.32 billion
Kindergarteners Come Ready to Learn
- According to the 2013 Maryland Model for School Readiness report, the number of kindergarteners arriving at school “fully ready” to learn has risen for the ninth straight year; in 2012-13, 77.6 percent of children were fully ready, a one-year increase of 6.2 percent. (Read more.)
- City Schools attributes this progress in part to aggressive pre-k expansion: In 2012-13, 4,800 pre-k seats were offered, up from 3,400 in 2006-07.
- Analysis of the 2013 results shows that school attendance matters, even in the earliest grades: Students who were chronically absent in pre-k were less likely to be "fully ready" in kindergarten.
- Analysis that considered results from prior years indicates that students who are "fully ready" to learn in kindergarten perform consistently better on statewide standardized tests in subsequent grades.
3rd- to 8th-Grade Students Show Growth over Time
- In the past decade, City Schools students have made solid gains in performance as shown on the Maryland School Assessments (MSAs). In 2004, 48.8 percent of students performed at proficient or advanced levels in reading; in 2013, 67.9 percent did so. In math, the percentage of students performing at proficient or advanced levels rose from 33.5 in 2004 to 58.9 in 2013. (Read more...)
- 2013 results in reading performance held steady from the prior year, bouyed by gains in the middle grades. Math performance saw a decline. (Read more...)
- City Schools' 2013 results mirror those across the state, where implementation of new curricula aligned to the Common Core State Standards is underway, while statewide tests aligned to new curricula have not yet been introduced.
Diplomas Up, Dropouts Down
- For students who entered 9th grade in the 2008-09 school year (the "2009 cohort"), 85.9 percent had either graduated ore remained in school working toward graduation after four years—up from 82.5 percent for the 2008 cohort and 76.1 percent for the 2007 cohort. (Read more.)
- For the 2009 cohort, 66.5 percent graduated after four years—up from 65.8 percent for the 2008 cohort and 61.5 percent for the 2007 cohort.
- In terms of numbers of students, 4,181 members of the 2009 cohort received diplomas after four years, an increase of 149 students over the 2008 cohort and 228 over the 2007 cohort.
- From 2007 to 2009, dropouts decreased by more than 40 percent; among the 2009 cohort, 884 students dropped out of high school over four years, compared to 1,065 for the 2008 cohort and 1,530 for the 2007 cohort.
Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA)
Results from the 2011 Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) of the National Assessment of Educational Progress show continued progress for City Schools students, with particularly encouraging gains in mathematics and among African American males.
Results from TUDA allow comparison among students from 21 large urban school districts. Highlights from the 2011 assessment include the following.
- City Schools’ two-year math gains are among largest of all 21 TUDA districts.
- When comparing only low-income, African American students, City Schools’ performance relative to other TUDA districts in Grade 4 math improves markedly and surpasses performance of students in large cities and public schools nationwide.
- When comparing only low-income, African American students, City Schools’ performance surpasses large city and national public performance in Grade 8 reading.
Budget and Finance
FY 2014 Operating Budget: $1.32 billion
- Sources: State, 68 percent; Baltimore City, 19 percent; federal government, 11 percent
- 73 percent goes to salaries, wages and employee fringe benefits; 12 percent to contracted services; the balance covers utilities, equipment, materials, debt service and other expenses and charges.
Fair Student Funding
- Since FY 2009, principals have controlled the majority of school budgets. In exchange for this flexibility and autonomy, schools are held responsible for student achievement.
- Beginning in 2010, school choice has been available to both middle and high school students and their families.
- 7,046 rising 6th- and 9th-grade students chose their school for the 2013-14 school year.
Strengthening School Communities
- 6,850 people had registered to volunteer as of the 2012-13 school year.