School Improvement in Maryland

How are parents notified about school performance?

School print reports.

Your school's print report is available on

The Maryland Report Card is prepared by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for every public school in the state and sent to school districts each year as part of the reporting requirements for No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

School districts choose when to release the report cards to schools and whether to customize the reports in any way. Ultimately, the report card is meant to be distributed to parents so that they have a better understanding of how their child's school is performing against the targets set by their state in accordance with NCLB.

The report card focuses on performance in three areas:

  1. AYP which stands for Adequate Yearly Progress and identifies whether the school met the AYP targets;
  2. The performance results on the Maryland State Assessments which includes MSA, Alt-MSA and HSA since these are the assessments used to determine whether AYP achievement targets were met; and
  3. Teacher Qualifications to determine the certification level of the teachers in your school and the percent of classes in your school not being taught by a "highly qualified" teacher.

A tutorial has been developed by MSDE for parents to better understand their school's print report card.

What else can I find school performance data?

In addition the print report card, MSDE also maintains two websites with school, district and state level data. Parents will find additional data that may help them address question that their data raised for them. The Maryland Report Card site ( provides the most current state assessments AYP, demographic and teacher qualifications data online.

The School Improvement in Maryland site ( also provides current state assessments and AYP data embedded in a school improvement process. It guides the data analysis process with questions that support teams or individuals to drill down into their data and to make instructional decisions based on the data. Multimedia tutorials are also available to help users read and interpret their data.