Evans elected MoCo Board of Education president

The Montgomery County Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously elected District 4 member Shebra Evans to a one-year term as the board’s president. Evans spent the past year serving as the school board’s vice president and is a member of the board’s Fiscal Management Committee. A Silver Spring resident, Evans was elected to her first four-year term on the school board in 2016. She replaces former president Mike Durso, who did not run for re-election when his term expired this year. (Bethesda)

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Three elected Washington County school board members sworn in

Three familiar faces on the Washington County Board of Education were sworn in Tuesday night, each returning for another four-year term in office. Jacqueline Fischer, Michael Guessford and Linda Murray, all re-elected to office in the Nov. 6 election, were sworn in by Kevin Tucker, the county clerk of the circuit court. The three took the oath of office in front of family, friends and elected officials at the Washington County Public Schools Center for Education Services at 10435 Downsville Pike in Hagerstown. (Herald-Mail)

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Six Allegany County elementary schools in top 10 percent in state report

Six Allegany County elementary schools ranked in the top 10 percent in Maryland, according to the 2018-2019 Maryland School Report Card released on Tuesday. The statistics provide educators and parents with the most complete picture of school and school system performance in state history, officials said. The top ranking schools include Frost, Cash Valley, Northeast, Beall, Parkside and Cresaptown. (Times-News)

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New report reveals Anne Arundel schools trail neighboring counties, state average

Anne Arundel County schools trail neighboring counties in new state educational rankings released by the Maryland State Department of Education Tuesday. Local schools also lag behind the statewide average, according to a new rating system that awards schools between one and five stars based on performance indicators like standardized test scores, progress in achieving language proficiency for English learners, access to a well-rounded curriculum and college readiness. Anne Arundel County schools, on average, received three-star ratings. The statewide average is 3.5 stars. (Capital)

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Baltimore schools struggle in new ranking system, but CEO Santelises promises change

The majority of Maryland’s struggling schools are concentrated in Baltimore City, according to rankings released Tuesday. The state has implemented a new accountability system that rates every school on a number of factors, including standardized test scores, chronic absenteeism rates and the achievement of English language learners. Each school is given a rating, with one star being the lowest and five stars being the highest. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll County Public Schools on top under new state formula with 95 percent rated with four or five stars

Carroll County Public Schools came out on top of the new Maryland Report Card scoring system, with 95 percent of schools receiving four- or five-star ratings. At noon Tuesday, the State Department of Education released its new system that rates every school in each system based on a five-star rating. The new rating system, was developed by state leaders over two years, and is part of an accountability system required by the federal government under the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA as it is known, The Baltimore Sun reported. (Carr. Co. Times)

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State report card puts most FCPS schools in four-star rating

The majority of Frederick County Public Schools are four-star schools, with some schools receiving three- and five-star ratings in the 2018 Maryland Report Card released Tuesday by the state's accountability system that allocates a star rating to each school in Maryland. Urbana High School was the top-scoring school in the county, receiving five stars. By level, the highest-scoring elementary school in Frederick County was Centerville Elementary School with five stars and the highest scoring middle school was Urbana Middle School, also receiving five stars. (News-Post)

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10 Harford schools receive 5-star status as state rolls out new rating system

Maryland released its first star ratings for public schools Tuesday, with results that showed 70 percent of schools in the state earned three or four stars out of five. In Harford County, 10 schools achieved five-star status, and another 27 garnered four stars. The new rating system, developed by state leaders over a two-year process, is part of an accountability system required by the federal government under the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA. (Aegis)

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