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The Maryland State Department of Education has released the new Maryland Report Card website, which provides performance data for every school in the state. 
Schools receive points based on their results on the performance indicators. Educators and parents will be able to view a brief summary of performance by looking at a school’s star rating, which tallies the school’s total earned points percent and issues a rating from 1 to 5 stars; the percentile rank, which is how a school performed in comparison to other schools in the category; and the total earned points percent, which is the total number of points earned by the school across the measures, divided by the total possible points.
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. 
Calvert County Public Schools has two schools that earned three stars, eleven that earned four stars, and nine that earned five stars. Statewide, 70% of schools earned three or four stars. 
Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “Calvert County can feel proud of all of its schools’ performance. This new report card covers a ton of good data and will shine light on some things that each school can improve upon.”
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 children are doing. The goal of the school report card is to provide a starting point and to offer easy-to-understand and concise information for each school. 
School Report Cards are available at www.MDReportCard.org. 
Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, said that the simplified format of the Maryland Report Card is a major improvement.
“Our goal is to improve every school throughout our state and prepare every student for a bright future,” said Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools.  “The new Maryland Report Card will help parents, educators, policymakers and the general public gain a better understanding about how each school is doing based on our accountability measures. Together, we are working toward making sure our schools are the best they can be.”