Maryland’s State Highlights

January 03, 2006 2 min read
Vital Statistics
Public schools 1,366
Public school teachers 55,140
Pre-K-12 students 869,113
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $7.9 billion
Minority students 49.6%
Children in poverty 11%
Students with disabilities 12.4%
English-language learners 3.2%

Summary of Grades

Maryland scores at or above average in two of the four graded policy categories in Quality Counts.

The strongest showing for the state is in the area of standards and accountability. Maryland does well on standards and earns full credit for the school accountability indicators. The state sanctions and provides assistance to all low-performing schools. It also provides rewards to high-performing or improving schools.

Maryland scores at the national average in teacher quality. The state holds both teacher-preparation programs and K-12 schools accountable for teacher quality. For example, Maryland’s report cards include data on teacher qualifications. But the state does not require all of its middle school teachers to pass subject-knowledge tests.

The state ranks second-to-last in the nation on indicators related to school climate, performing poorly across many of the areas in this section. Maryland is one the few states that does not have a program for public school open-enrollment. Elementary school class sizes in the state are larger than the national average, and fewer students in Maryland attend smaller schools.

Maryland earns a below-average grade in resource equity. In particular, Maryland receives the worst wealth-neutrality score in the nation. This indicates that per-pupil funding levels in the state’s poorer districts are considerably lower than in its wealthier districts.

State Policy Report Card
Maryland Avg. State Score
Standards and accountability A- B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality C+ C+
School climate D+ C+
Resource equity C- C
Overall Grade C+ C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 37.92 40
Assessment 23.64 30
School accountability 30 30
92 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 28.53 35
Teacher assessment 21.3 30
Professional support and training 14.55 20
Accountability for teacher quality 13.5 15
78 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 9.33 15
School safety 13.67 20
Parent involvement 9.45 15
Choice and autonomy 11.5 20
Class size 8 10
School size 5.5 10
School facilities 10 10
67 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 16.67 33.3
McLoone Index 27.33 33.3
Coefficient of variation 28.33 33.3
72 100

Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

Grading Curve A (93-100), A- (90-92), B+ (87-89), B (83-86), B- (80-82), C+ (77-79), C (73-76), C- (70-72), D+ (67-69), D (63-66), D- (60-62), F (0-59)