Thirty-four of Charles County’s 36 public schools rated on the 2019 Maryland Report Card received 3, 4 or 5 stars

News Release, Charles County Public Schools

Thirty-four of Charles County’s 36 public schools rated on the 2019 Maryland Report Card received 3, 4 or 5 stars, according to data released today by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

MSDE released its new accountability report card today, providing information on every county and school in the state. The report card measures the success of schools and identifies areas for improvement.

“The Maryland Report Card is one of multiple data sources we use to guide ongoing improvement and academic success. We use the data to help our students prepare for college and career readiness,” Superintendent Kimberly A. Hill said.

The new report card, introduced by MSDE last school year, provides a star rating, percentile rank and percent of total earned points for each school. Scores reflect school performance on multiple components. For elementary and middle schools, the system includes academic achievement, academic progress, progress in achieving English language proficiency, and measures of school quality. For high schools, the accountability system includes academic achievement, graduation rate, progress in English language proficiency, readiness for postsecondary success and measures of school quality.

The report card measures school success in several ways, including state tests in English Language Arts and math; postsecondary readiness; progress of English learners in achieving English language proficiency; graduation rate; and students with access to and earning credit for a well-rounded curriculum. This year, the report card included science achievement and the results of a student/educator climate survey.

Results for Charles County Public Schools can be found at

The new Maryland Report Card is based on the ESSA accountability plan. The changes were set in motion by the passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law in 2015. ESSA succeeded the No Child Left Behind Act in governing state school improvement plans.

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