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.)
Maryland School Survey for Students and Educators
Starting in the 2018-2019 school year, all teachers and students in grades 5-11 had the opportunity to take the Maryland School Survey. The survey collects important information about relationships, engagement, the school environment, and safety. School leaders use results to learn about and improve the school community.
Below are the data from the 2016-17 school year. It was the last year the survey was given by City Schools because the Maryland State Department of Education planned to begin a statewide climate survey in the 2017-18 school year. The state’s survey didn’t start until the 2018-19 school year.
Past survey results
Maryland school report cards
In 2019, 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.
School effectiveness reviews
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.