City Schools uses different tools to measure the success of our schools and programs. Results of the below assessments and surveys 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 an overview of the district, visit our At a Glance page.
For every school in the district, a data profile linked on each school profile page provides school characteristics, academic performance data and information about school culture and climate. For more information, read our Quick Reference Guide.
More information about the district and schools can be found on the Maryland State Department of Education’s website, including downloadable current and historical data by school year.
Official enrollment for each school year is determined by the count of students enrolled on September 30 and is confirmed by Maryland State Department of Education in November of the current school year.
In the 2022-23 school year, the total official enrollment (PreK-12) was 75,995 students. This is a decrease of 1,812 students (2.3%) from the previous school year - 77,807 students
Depending on grade level, students take different state tests and some participate in national assessments. Due to the global pandemic, some assessments and surveys were postponed for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years. Data sets are provided for the most recent 2 years where available.
The more prepared children are for kindergarten, the more successful learners they will become. As part of the broader Ready for Kindergarten (RK4) program in Maryland, the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) is administered to all kindergarten students in the first semester of a school year.
The KRA looks at the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to be successful in kindergarten. It also provides useful data for comparisons and analysis of prior care settings such as Pre-K, Head Start, home care, non-public nursery school, and others.
Districtwide results for 2022
Districtwide results for 2021
Districtwide results for 2019-20
Districtwide results for 2018-19
More than half of the 147 schools rated in 2019 (the most recent year for ratings) and 2022 did not experience a change in their ratings. Fifty-six schools received a lower rating than three years ago.
The recent 2022 results are different from the improvement demonstrated by City Schools in the school years preceding the COVID pandemic. As recently as the 2018-2019 school year, City Schools reduced the number of schools that earned one star while increasing the number of schools that earned 3 stars.
School and district results may be found on the 2022 Maryland School Report Card
As a result of ongoing investments in English Language Arts (ELA), Baltimore City Public Schools has seen increases on the 2022 Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) from pre-pandemic outcomes.
Meanwhile, like the rest of the state, the district’s math scores dipped from pre-pandemic levels. Overall, the district’s rates of change in both categories from 2019 were better than the state, resulting in gap closures in 7 of 14 tested grades and subjects.
Links for 2021-22
After the 2018-19 school year, Maryland transitioned from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized assessment to the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) to measure student achievement in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. With the intention to begin implementation during the 2019-20 school year, the administration of MCAP was put on hold in response to the coronavirus pandemic, therefore, there are no MCAP assessment results available for the 2019-20 or 2020-21 school years.
A graduation cohort is a group of students who enter the ninth grade for the first time together with the expectation of graduating within four years. A 4-year (or "on-time") graduation rate is the percentage of students in a cohort who earn a diploma within four years of entering the ninth grade. Five-year graduation and drop-out rates reflect earning a diploma or withdrawing from school within five years of entering ninth grade. Graduation and drop-out rates are calculated by the Maryland State Department of Education annually.
Maryland State Department of Education results for the Spring Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) results for grades 5 and 8 were released at the August 23, 2022 State Board meeting. Their report indicated that in City Schools:
NAEP is a nationally representative assessment that measures what selected students in 4th and 8th grades know in math and reading. City Schools participates in the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA). A primary goal of TUDA is to focus attention on urban K-12 education and academic achievement in urban districts. This assessment is normally conducted every two years. The 2021 administration was postponed to 2022 due to the pandemic; the results below compare to the most recent results in 2019.
City Schools’ overall NAEP results for 2022 in reading and math reflect trends nationally and in Maryland in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, ongoing investments in literacy helped stave off some of the more significant declines in reading for some students. As was the case nationally and across the State, results for math were less favorable than reading in general.
Literacy Results: Compared to the most recent administration of NAEP in 2019, Baltimore’s results held steady overall in grade 8 while Maryland decreased by 5 points. However, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic more negatively impacted 4th graders overall, a group that was just beginning their academic careers when the pandemic hit.
Math Results: City Schools saw declines in grade 8 math that were slightly lower than those of the State - City Schools decreased 9 scale score points while overall Maryland schools decreased by 11 points. In fourth grade, City Schools saw larger declines than the State in math with our students declining 15 points while students across the State declined 10 points.
For more information on NAEP and the results of the 2022 administration, please visit: https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/
News release | Investments following 2022 NAEP Results (Spanish)
2017 and 2019 Results:
In 2022, 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 included a star rating for each school.
2022 Maryland School Report Card
NOTE: Due to the COVID pandemic, the state did not publish a 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 Maryland School Report Card.
City Schools will share older reports about various topics here. This list is not exhaustive and may change infrequently.