Worcester Schools Rate High on New MD Report Card

Worcester Schools Rate High on New MD Report Card
Posted on 12/04/2018
Newark, MD, December 4, 2018– The Maryland State Department of Education released the new Maryland Report Card website today, containing performance data for every school in the State, including nine schools in Worcester County.

The nine schools eligible to receive star ratings in Worcester County all scored a four out of five possible stars in the State’s new accountability system. The breakdown of these ratings is below.

SCHOOL

Points Earned

Total
Possible Points

Total Earned Percent

Star Rating

Buckingham Elementary School

44.6

70

63.7%

˜˜˜4 Stars 

Ocean City Elementary School

51.3

70

73.3%

˜˜˜˜4 Stars

Berlin Intermediate School

49.17

75

65.5%

˜˜˜˜4 Stars

Pocomoke Middle School

95.4

148

64.4%

˜˜˜˜4 Stars

Snow Hill Middle School

95.9

148

64.8%

4 Stars˜˜˜˜

Stephen Decatur Middle School

53.0

83

63.9%

˜˜˜˜4 Stars

Pocomoke High School

49.3

80

61.7%

˜˜˜˜4 Stars

Snow Hill High School

58.9

80

73.6%

˜˜˜˜4 Stars

Stephen Decatur High School

61.8

90

68.6%

˜˜˜˜4 Stars


*Note: To receive a star rating, a school must have 45 or more possible points. Some schools may not have possible points for every measure or indicator. In Worcester County, Pocomoke Elementary, Showell Elementary, and Snow Hill Elementary Schools did not reach this possible point threshold, which is why the schools were not issued a star rating. Additionally, Worcester Technical High School and Cedar Chapel Special Schools do not meet the qualifications for a star rating.

These 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 and student success. For high schools, the system includes academic achievement, graduation rate, progress in English language proficiency, readiness for postsecondary success, and measures of school quality and student success.

“We are very pleased to be able to report that all schools in Worcester County are at a four-star status in the first release of Maryland’s new reporting system,” said Superintendent of Schools Louis H. Taylor. “While we recognize that there are still strides to make here in Worcester County, we are pleased to begin from a very strong baseline position.”

Worcester County also shares the top spot in the State for the highest concentration of four- or five-star schools, with 100 percent of our schools scoring at the four-star level.

Maryland introduced the new School Report Cards so students, parents, educators and community members could better understand how their schools are performing, just as report cards help parents understand how their kids are doing. The goal of the School Report Card is to provide a starting point and to bring together school data in an easy-to-understand and usable format to help us ask questions, find answers, make decisions, and act.

The School Report Cards can be found on the new Maryland Report Card website, as well as more information and data about schools and districts. This information can be found at: MdReportCard.org.