City Schools uses different tools to measure the success of our schools and programs. Results of the below assessments, surveys, and evaluations help us improve instruction, meet the needs of our students, and support their path to high school graduation and success in college or career. The most recent data are provided below; for older data, please submit an information request.
For every school in the district, a data profile linked on each school profile page provides assessment results, enrollment and demographics, teacher retention, attendance and suspension data, and parent survey results.
Elementary and middle school profiles include results from the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) and PARCC. High school profiles include graduation and dropout rates, paths to graduation, results from PARCC in Algebra I and II and English 10, High School Assessment pass rates, and college and career readiness measures such as PSAT, SAT, and Advanced Placement performance and Career and Technology Education and college enrollment data.
Depending on grade level, students take different state tests and some participate in national assessments. Data on high school graduation and drop-out rates are also provided below.
The KRA, given to children across the state early in their kindergarten year, looks at skills in math and English language arts, social development, physical well-being, and motor development.
Students in grades 3 to 8 across the state take the PARCC each year in English language arts/literacy and in math. High school students take PARCC in Algebra I and II and English 10 and 11.
The NAEP is a nationally representative assessment that measures what selected students in 4th and 8th grades know in math and reading. City Schoools participates in the Trial Urban District Assessment, which means that it receives district-level data.
We use several different tools to see how schools are doing and to give parents and other stakeholders opportunities to share feedback on how schools can improve.
Each year, parents are given a chance to share what's working (and what isn't) at their children's schools. School leaders use the survey results to make decisions about things like adding programs, changing the physical environment of the school, or hiring particular staff. (In the past, a school survey also included students and staff. The Maryland State Department of Education is now introducing statewide surveys for all stakeholders, and the district's staff and student surveys were discontinued as of 2017-18.)
In 2018, the Maryland State Department of Education published new report cards for every school in the state. The report cards were developed in accordance with requirements under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and include a star rating for each school.
The SER helps schools identify strengths and weaknesses. It includes a two-day site visit to a school, when a team of trained reviewers visit classrooms, conduct focus groups, and review data and other materials. For charter schools, the SER is considered during the renewal process.
What does an SER tell me about my school?
The SER can give you a sense of how your school is performing in four areas:
How is the review conducted?
A team of trained reviewers visits the school to examine documents; interview staff, students, parents and community partners; and visit classrooms. You can review the complete review protocol here.
How are parents or guardians involved in the review?
During the site visit, the review team meets with a group of six to eight parents or guardians for approximately an hour to ask about their experiences at the school. Parents participate anonymously. If you're interested in participating, contact your school leader.
What is in the report?
The report includes a performance-level rating for each key action ("highly effective," "effective," "developing" or "not effective"), as well as evidence to support those ratings. The school leader receives a draft of the report to review, and he or she is responsible for making factual corrections to the document within one week and for sharing general comments for inclusion in the report's appendix. An appeal can be requested if there is disagreement about the findings.
How often do SERs happen?
Each school goes has an SER every few years, based on availability of review teams and other factors. For charter schools, the SER is scheduled to provide timely information for consideration during the renewal process.