Friday, August 14, 2020

Montgomery County Public Schools not the top school system in Maryland, analysis says

Prominent data analysis firm Stacker has used hard numbers to determine the best school district in each state across America. Montgomery County Public Schools was not the winner.

Stacker says Howard County public schools are the best in the state. They determined this by reviewing statistics from the U.S. Department of Education, SAT/ACT scores, college readiness, teacher quality, and graduation rates.

MCPS has been in a steady decline since 2010, despite record spending on public schools over that same time. County elected officials have panicked this fall as a sizable number of parents transferred their MCPS students into private schools, and only a fraction of the anticipated number of new students materialized on the MCPS 2020-21 student roster.

14 comments:

  1. Its no surprise that MCPS have been in steady decline, because Montgomery County as a whole has been in a steady decline for a decade.
    Great report though!

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  2. Fr we be getting worse every year

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    1. Superintendent Smith substantially increased his own salary, leaving underpaid teachers all the responsibility.

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  3. Democratic run board members and mcps takes in illegals far more than Howard. This will continue in mcps. All our resources are going to Spanish speaking students

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    1. It as nothing to do with the Spanish kids. I'm in school in moco. They spend their money on shit that doesn't help the fucking school. They are super racist and don't care about it. And the ppl in moco aren't friendly they are very stuck up.

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    2. Are all illegals spanish speaking students?; your comment is so unfortunate & racist. Any student can be spanish speaking student. Have you heard of exchange/international students?, probably not.

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    3. “Amy’s” comment is another telling example of the decline in Montgomery County public schools. Class sizes are large (+30), resources (people and money) are being diverted to accommodate none English speaking students (the school boards own admission) to be “inclusive”. Arguing that the schools are spending their money on “other shit” is not compelling. The fact that you can’t point to anything directly as well as feel that cursing helps make your argument shows just how badly the schools are serving our students.

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  4. It's unfortunate that we have allowed greed, selfishness, and exclusion to affect the educational systems here in Montgomery County. MoCo was the best school system around these parts. Why are our leaders allowing our children to fall through the cracks and crippling their future? I don't really know, but drastic change and perhaps Divine intervention is greatly needed. Our children lives are dependent on it. Get refocused MoCo Board of Education.

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  5. MoCounty is most definitely losing their pre-2010 status as the best school district in Maryland! Congrats Howard County!!!!!! I have been a teacher here in MoCounty for 20 years, and I have witnessed the decline first-hand. I am now starting in Howard County next month as a Physics Teacher and earning more money as well. There are only about 5 top schools in MoCo anyway! Example: Seneca Valley's new IB School is a waste of money, especially for a school ranked about 8,000 in the nation. Plus, all freshman are places in Honors 9 classes - delusion! A LOT of these kids are entering high schools on 4th or 6th grade reading level and suddenly they are placed in Honors 9!! Predicition: Private schools will flourish in the next 10 years nationally as well! #BestWishesMoCo I'm out!

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  6. I went to MCPS in the 80's my siblings did, my 4 children started in private school then 2 transfered to MCPS in HS, my siblings' children went to MCPS. My mother, sister-n-law and I work or previously worked for MCPS. Ask us why it is failing our students! And the poor teachers who still have NO contract as of July 30, 2020. That is the MOST shameful situation! So imagine how the students are cared for!
    MCPS is failing our students.

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  7. I understand wanting to get out. I've been frustrated by MCPS for many years. It's sad bc it could be so much better. They waste $ on things that make it worse, & withhold it from things that could make it much better. Smh

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  8. Superintendent Smith and his elite team raised his salary leaving underpaid teachers all the responsibility. MCPS turned into a burocratic elephant promoting grade inflation and not high standards.

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  9. I have worked for MCPS since 2013 when I moved to the area. I was lucky to find work at a small ES my first 2 years. My daughter attended Wyngate ES at the time and we were very happy. In our second year here I was teaching 4th grade and my daughter was in 4th grade.I soon realized the disconnect between what MCPS says they are teaching and what actually is being taught. I often noticed that my daughter was not familiar with topics that she should have been learning at the same time that I was teaching it at my school. This was often the case with Science and SS. She was also falling behind. It is not an exaggeration when I say that in the three years that my daughter attended a MCPS school I never heard from any of her teachers.It wasn't until she was to enter 6th grade that we realized all the gaps she had in her learning. This was only because she took the SSAT to get into private school. Yes, I teach in MCPS but my daughter attends private school and we could not be more pleased with the actual rigor and accountability that she has learned.
    After my first two years I transferred to a MS. I have a Master's degree in Math and that is what I wanted to teach. It was the worst three years. The pressure was unbearable. We were constantly "encouraged" to keep the students off the "D" and "E" list and admin pressured staff to place "minority students" in advanced classes. That is not setting a student up for success.Do people know what the grading scale is in ES? 100-75%=A, 75-50%=B, 50-25%=C, 25-0%=D!!!! So when students go to MS from ES where they were getting "B's" and "C's" and start getting "D's" and "E's" the parents and students immediately blame the teacher. I am now back in ES and I spend the majority of my day, not teaching, but dealing with behavior issues and attending meetings that are nothing but a waste of time. I teach because I love learning and I want kids to love it too. But we are, as a district and a nation, failing these future these students.

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