Bowing to concerns from educators across the state, the Maryland school board voted unanimously this week to delay requiring students to pass new end-of-year tests in high school English and Algebra I in order to graduate.
The number of Maryland public school teachers who were rated ineffective in the classroom last year tripled to more than 1,200 out of a workforce of 43,800, according to statistics released Tuesday by the state Department of Education.
Local education leaders are pressing the state to delay using tougher, new exams as graduation requirements in Maryland public schools, saying the state can't predict how well students will do on the tests.
A local nonprofit asked residents of Baltimore what they think about their public schools and found both optimism and frustration in neighborhoods from Pigtown to Hamilton.
For Austin Bradburn, a fresh cup of coffee, brewed and delivered during the busy early-morning hallway rush, became an unlikely path into the complex social world of his high school.
In the latest effort to be technologically savvy, Baltimore County schools launched a website this fall that enables parents to check on homework assignments and track their children's grades on tests and quizzes.
The head of the Baltimore County school administrators union said the majority of misconduct cases against administrators can "be resolved more expeditiously."
As more students took the SAT in Maryland last year, average scores on the college readiness exam plummeted, falling below the national average for the first time in years, according to data released Tuesday.