State Board Meeting Jan. 30, Prince Georges County Audit Response

marylandstateboardofeducationofficeseal.jpg9:05 a.m.     PUBLIC COMMENT
Persons desiring to speak to the State Board, must call (410-767-0467) or e-mail (

9:35 a.m.   Prince Georges County Audit Response

At past meetings, board members were critical of PGCPS and Baltimore City schools for abusing the “Bridge” loophole,  students doing “projects” as a substitute for passing the state tests.  It is appropriate for special education students.
State wide 11% of graduates have used it.  In Prince George’s County,  24% of graduates have used it.


MSDE State Board Meeting Agenda January 30, 2018


Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building
200 West Baltimore Street – 7th Floor Board Room
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-2595

9:00 a.m.                                              CALL MEETING TO ORDER
Andrew R. Smarick, President

                                                              PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

9:01 a.m.                                               CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS
                                                              Andrew R. Smarick, President

•   Approval of Minutes of December 4 and 5, 2017
•   Personnel
•   Budget Adjustments, December 2017

9:05 a.m.                                                      PUBLIC COMMENT

9:35 a.m.                                          INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION

•  Update on U.S. Department of Education’s Feedback on ESSA Plan
•  Prince Georges County Audit Response

10:50 a.m.                                                             BREAK

11:05 a.m.                                                             ACTION 

•  2017-2018 Identification of “Comprehensive Needs” Schools for
Purpose of Awarding Quality Teacher Stipends

11:20 a.m.                                      INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION

•  Baltimore City Schools Update
•  State Board Reports and Planning
•    Committee Updates
•   Kirwan Commission
•   Policy Review
•   Additional Reports

•    Review Tentative Items for February 26-27, 2018 Meeting
•   Bridge Accountability Recommendations
•   Early Childhood
•   Educational Testing Service (ETS)
•   Legislative Update
•   Graduation Rates
•   Definitions for “At-Risk”
•   Superintendent’s Report
•    Regulatory Actions
•    Board Member Updates/Comments

12:30 p.m.                                     ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION

2:00 p.m.                                                     RECOGNITION 

•  Maryland Secondary School Assistant Principal of the Year

2:15 p.m.                                        INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION

•  Superintendent’s Report

•    Report on Graduation Cohort Data

•    Updates:
–  Responses to State Board’s Bridge & Graduation Questions
–  Financial Literacy
–  ESSA Participation Rate

3:00 p.m.                                                            ACTION

•  Regulations
•  COMAR 13A.03.02 Graduation Requirements for Public High Schools in MD
•  COMAR 13A.03.04 Test Administration and Data-Reporting Policies and Procedures
•  COMAR 13A.12.01.04 Options for Obtaining Initial Maryland Certification
•  COMAR 13A.12.01.05 General Requirements for Professional Certificates
•  COMAR 13A.12.01.08-1 Adjunct Certificate
•  COMAR 13A.12.03.04 Pupil Personnel Worker
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