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.
Families and students completed surveys during the first few weeks of July 2020. Feedback from the surveys was used to inform planning for the 2020-21 school year.
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. For more information, read our Quick Reference Guide for Families.
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.
The 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, 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.
It’s a challenging time for everyone, and we want to hear how you’re doing. What’s going well? What isn’t? How can we support you? This year, City Schools is hosting virtual listening tours from May 20 to June 15 instead of the annual family survey. To participate, call 410-545-1870 or email Family Engagement. Your questions and input will help us develop an even better plan for next school year.
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.
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.
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.