Maryland State Board of Education calls for adoption of Science of Reading-based literacy instruction statewide

BALTIMORE, MD—This week, the Maryland State Board of Education called for the statewide adoption and implementation of literacy instruction based on the Science of Reading starting with the 2024-25 academic year. Under the State Board resolution (24-01), Dr. Carey Wright, Interim State Superintendent of Schools, will present the board with a comprehensive literacy policy aligned to the Science of Reading […]

Annapolis High School educator named 2023-2024 Maryland Teacher of the Year

BALTIMORE, MD—The 2024 Maryland Teacher of the Year has been named. Mary Kay Connerton – a physical education, health, and wellness teacher at Annapolis High School in Anne Arundel County Public Schools – has received the prestigious award. Dr. Deann Collins, Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, made the announcement last week at the 33rd Annual Teacher of the Year […]

Maryland State Board of Education appoints Dr. Carey Wright as interim State Superintendent

BALTIMORE, MD—The State Board voted unanimously on Wednesday evening to appoint Dr. Carey Wright as the interim State Superintendent of Schools for the remainder of the current term through June 30, 2024. Dr. Wright will begin her service as State Superintendent by October 23, 2023, pending the completion of onboarding logistics. Most recently, Dr. Wright served for nine years as […]

Maryland State Board of Education announces transition team, state superintendent search committee

BALTIMORE, MD—The State Board has laid the groundwork for moving forward through the next phase of the transformation at the Maryland State Department of Education. The State Board has put into place a transition team to ensure the operational continuity of the Department and maintain the provision of critical services and assistance to members of the public and to local […]

MSDE’s Division of Rehabilitation Services awarded $9.9 million in federal Disability Innovation Funds – Pathways to Partnerships

BALTIMORE, MD—Last week, the Maryland State Department of Education announced that it had received a $9.9 million federal Pathways to Partnerships grant to launch the Maryland Pathways to Partnership Initiative (MPPI). Maryland’s new grant is one of 20 recently announced by the U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). The nearly $199 million in funding for Pathways to Partnerships, […]

MSDE: 2023 MCAP results showing improvement

BALTIMORE, MD—Student proficiency rates in English Language Arts (ELA) in School Year 2022-2023 are at their highest in nearly a decade with the largest single-year gain in grades 3-8 over the same time period. Statewide results (PDF) of the latest Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) assessments show notable improvements in literacy and mathematics, with literacy results surpassing pre-pandemic performance. Student […]

MSDE to invest more than $35 million in Pre-K programs across Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland State Department of Education this week announced opportunities for three grant programs which will collectively provide more than $35 million to prekindergarten programs across the state. “When we strengthen the foundation our young people stand on, we build stronger pathways to success and opportunity,” says Governor Wes Moore. “This funding will help expand access to high-quality, highly […]

MSDE’s Fast Track Application, Family Portal create simple process for families to receive Child Care Scholarship

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland State Department of Education has announced significant changes to the Child Care Scholarship program to expedite the application process for eligible families with the addition of the Fast Track Application process and the Family Portal. “Early childhood education provides our kids with the critical foundation they need to learn, grow, dream, and achieve,” says Governor Wes Moore. […]