October 2017 Edition: MSDE Education Bulletin

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Congratulations to all 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools!

All Six Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools Awarded National Honors

All six public schools awarded Maryland Blue Ribbons last year have been named 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education!

The State public schools receiving national honors are:

• Shipley’s Choice Elementary School, Anne Arundel Co.

• Sunderland Elementary School, Calvert Co.

• Centerville Elementary School, Frederick Co.

• Manor Woods Elementary School, Howard Co.

• Ronald McNair Elementary School, Montgomery Co.

• Farmland Elementary School, Montgomery Co.

In addition, seven Maryland nonpublic schools were also recognized this year, bringing the total to 13 Blue Ribbon Schools across the State!  The nonpublic schools honored are: Little Flower School in Bethesda; St. John’s Catholic School in Hollywood; St. John Regional Catholic School in Frederick; St. John the Evangelist School, Long Green Valley in Hydes; St. Louis School in Clarksville; St. Mary Catholic School in Hagerstown; and St. Peter’s Elementary School in Waldorf.

The schools are recognized on the basis of rigorous State and national requirements for high achievement and significant improvement. The students in each of these schools are high achievers in reading and mathematics, and many serve a significant number of economically disadvantaged students. Maryland awarded the six schools State Blue Ribbons in December 2016.

National honors will be awarded on Nov. 6 and 7 in Washington DC, where Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will congratulate the Blue Ribbon recipients. For more information, click the link below!

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State Board Actions

September 19, 2017

The following actions were taken at the         September 19, 2017 meeting of the Maryland State Board of Education:

  • Granted permission to publish amendments to regulations under COMAR 13A.03.02 Graduation Requirements. The amendments replace the science assessment for HSA biology, removes cut scores, and clarifies language throughout. 
  • Approved for one year the following implementation date and qualifying score for the revised Praxis subject assessment for certification in the area of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) as follows:

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    • Approved for one year the continuation of the use of the following Praxis content subject assessments as follows:

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    • Recognized the following ten Maryland Public Schools that have been named 2016 Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) schools: 

    Anne Arundel County Public Schools

    Crofton Elementary School

    Piney Orchard Elementary School

    Severna Park Elementary School

    Baltimore City Public Schools

    Cecil Elementary School

    Mount Royal Elementary/Middle School

    Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School


    Charles County Public Schools

    Dr. James Craik Elementary School

    William B. Wade Elementary School


    Montgomery County Public Schools

    Chevy Chase Elementary School


    Prince George’s County Public Schools

    Whitehall Elementary School

    • Recognized four school administrators on their selections as principal or assistant principal of the year by their respective professional associations, the Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP) and the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP).  The four individuals recognized were Michael Browne, MAESP’s National Distinguished Principal; Lorie Barnes, MAESP’s National Outstanding Assistant Principal; Sandra Reid, MASSP’s High School Principal of the Year; and George Lindley, MASSP’s Middle School Principal of the Year.  Mr. Browne is Principal at Pocomoke Elementary School in Worcester County; Ms. Barnes is Principal at Severna Park Elementary School in Anne Arundel County; Ms. Reid is Principal at Pikesville High School in Baltimore County; and Mr. Lindley is Principal at Arundel Middle School in Anne Arundel County. 
    • Authorized the State Superintendent to submit the 2019 budget requests to the Department of Budget and Management.

    • Granted permission to adopt amendments to regulation .08 under COMAR 13A.05.01 Provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education.  These amendments inform Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams of the statutory requirement to include orientation and mobility (O&M) instruction in the IEP of a student who is blind or visually impaired, unless the IEP team determines that such instruction is inappropriate and conducts an O&M assessment to substantiate that determination.  The proposed amendments outline the statutory elements of the O&M assessment and, as directed by the General Assembly, establishes the qualifications for an individual to conduct the assessment. 

    The following Opinions and Orders were rendered: 

    • Jacqueline Banks-Jones v. Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners request for reconsideration  – Opinion No. 17-32
    • Robin Bingham v. Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners ineffective rating – Opinion No. 17-33
    • John and Jennifer G. v. Howard County Board of Education residency – Opinion No. 17-34
    • Sherri H. v. Carroll County Board of Education grade dispute – Opinion No. 17-35
    • Deborah and Jeffrey K. v. Montgomery County Board of Education early K entry – Opinion No. 17-36
    • Desiree Mayes v. Prince George’s County Board of Education guidance counselor termination – Opinion No. 17-37
    • Jatin W. v. Montgomery County Board of Education admission to magnet program – Order No. 17-14

    Meeting materials, Opinions, and Orders can be found at:


    The next meeting of the Maryland State Board of Education will be held on October 24, 2017 at the Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building, 200 West Baltimore Street, 7th Floor Board Room, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. 

    Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request. Eight business days notice prior to the event is required. Please contact Charlene Necessary at (410) 767-0467 or TTY at (410) 333-6442 so arrangements can be made.

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    Maryland's Opioid Crisis: Join the Fight

    Drug and alcohol addiction in Maryland is a serious problem with devastating impacts on families and communities--and related fatalities on the rise.

    The Hogan Administration's statewide focus on addressing heroin and opioid abuse includes a coordinated, statewide public education initiative to help students and parents identify and respond to signs of addiction and to access support services.

    As a key component of these efforts, MSDE has launched a campaign to educate our students, educators, staff, and their families about the dangers of opioid and heroin use and abuse, as well as provide resources for prevention and recovery.

    Follow the link below to access our Heroin and Opioid Educational Toolkit and Opioid Awarness Video. These valuable tools include information and resources for students, parents, and teachers on the steps they can take to help recognize and end addiction.  

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    MSDE Staff volunteer with Art with a Heart, as part of Day to Serve 2017!

    MSDE Gives Back: Day to Serve 2017!

    As part of Governor Hogan's 2017 Day to Serve Initiative, MSDE's Standing Committee on Employee Appreciation, Recognition and Rewards promoted a Serve Together approach!

    This initiative encouraged staff to collaboratively tackle service and volunteer projects that give back to our community!

    MSDE staff volunteered with organizations such as Our Daily Bread, Moveable Feast Project, and Community Crisis Center. Some of our employees even explored their artistic side by helping to create a large scale mosaic mural with the organization Art with a Heart.

    For more information on Governor Hogan's Day to Serve, click below!

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