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A letter from Dr. Andrea Kane, QACPS Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Kane's Letter to the Community PDF

 

November 19, 2018

Dear QACPS Families, Employees, and Community:
It’s hard to believe we are approaching the end of 2018. With elections over, we welcome two
new School Board members; Michele Morrissette representing District 1 and Tamera Harper
Member, At Large. Welcome again to Carrie O’Connor, who will now serve as an elected Board
member representing District 2. Each of our new Board members will serve a term from December
2018 – 2022. I look forward to working with each of them.

Next month, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) will be releasing a new School
Report Card for Maryland public schools as required by the latest federal legislation regarding
school accountability; Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed into law in 2015. Under ESSA,
each state was required to submit a plan detailing how it will hold schools accountable for student
performance. Maryland’s plan was approved by the U.S. Department of Education in early 2018
and requires each school across the state to receive its own School Report Card, which reflects
how the school performed on Maryland’s new accountability system. The major components of
the accountability system are: Academic Achievement, Academic Progress, Progress in Achieving
English Language Proficiency, and School Quality and Student Success at the Elementary and
Middle School Levels; Academic Achievement, Graduation Rate, Progress in Achieving English
Language Proficiency, Readiness for Postsecondary Success, and School Quality and Student
Success at the High School Level.

Additionally, schools will be evaluated using a five-star scale. Schools can earn 0-5 stars as a
result of performance in the aforementioned areas. The School Climate Survey, which was
administered to students in grades 5 – 11, will be one component of the School Quality and Student
Success Indicator. The School Report Card will provide a snapshot of each school’s performance;
not an all-inclusive reporting of factors that impact schools. Each school’s results on the Maryland
accountability system will be compiled and reported on the Maryland Report Card website,
MdReportCard.org. You may expect a separate communication from your child’s school
regarding the total points earned percentile, star rating, and tools to assist you in understanding
Maryland’s accountability system and how Queen Anne’s County Public Schools are progressing.

 

I hope that you were able to visit your child’s school during parent conferences or American
Education Week. Staying engaged in your child’s education is key to a successful school
experience. As we approach Thanksgiving, I reflect on those things and people for which I am
most grateful. I am grateful for our Veterans who volunteered to serve and protect the freedom
we enjoy daily. As natural disasters, fires, and hate-filled acts devastate communities across the
country, I am grateful for the selfless acts of kindness and generosity that rebuild communities and
give hope to people who need it most. I am grateful for the support of families and community
members who volunteer in our schools and collaborate with our employees to ensure that every
student, regardless of his/her neighborhood, has the opportunity to access and benefit from a rich
school experience. I hope you are able to spend some time with loved ones this holiday season
and reflect on all of those things for which you are thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Andrea M. Kane, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools