Worcester Tops State in Latest Report Card Release

Worcester Tops State in Latest Report Card Release
Posted on 12/03/2019

Newark, MD, December 3, 2019– The Maryland State Department of Education released the new Maryland Report Card website today, containing performance data for every school in the State, including nine schools in Worcester County.

Worcester County is proud to announce that it has the highest concentration of four- or five-star schools in the State; the only county in Maryland to have 100 percent of schools achieving four- and five-star status. In this year’s data release, two Worcester County Public Schools increased from four to five-star status: Stephen Decatur Middle School and Snow Hill High School.

The nine schools eligible to receive star ratings in Worcester County all scored highly in the State’s accountability system. The breakdown of these ratings is below. 

SCHOOL

Points Earned

Total
Possible Points

Total Earned Percent

Star Rating

Buckingham Elementary School

48.2

73

66%

4 Stars

Ocean City Elementary School

51.5

73

70%

4 Stars˜˜˜˜

Berlin Intermediate School

64.2

100

64%

4 Stars˜˜˜˜

Pocomoke Middle School

122.8

176.5

69%

4 Stars

Snow Hill Middle School

112.3

176.5

63%

4 Stars˜˜˜˜

Stephen Decatur Middle School

73.4

96.5

76%

5 Stars˜˜˜˜˜

Pocomoke High School

66.7

90

74%

˜˜˜˜4 Stars

Snow Hill High School

69.2

90

76%

˜˜˜˜˜5 Stars

Stephen Decatur High School

70.3

100

70%

4 Stars˜˜˜˜

*Note: To receive a star rating, a school must have 45 or more possible points. Some schools may not have possible points for every measure or indicator. In Worcester County, Pocomoke Elementary, Showell Elementary, and Snow Hill Elementary Schools did not reach this possible point threshold, which is why the schools were not issued a star rating. Additionally, Worcester Technical High School and Cedar Chapel Special Schools do not meet the qualifications for a star rating.  **Additional Note: Four stars are awarded when a school has at least 60% but less than 75% of total earned points percent. Five stars are awarded when a school has at least 75% of total earned points percent. 

These scores reflect school performance on multiple components. 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. For the first time, this year’s scores incorporate school composite scores on a statewide School Survey, which is based on input related to safety, community, environment, and relationships.

“I am very proud to report that our schools continue to perform well in Maryland’s accountability system, and I am incredibly pleased that two of our schools crossed the five-star threshold in this year’s release,” said Superintendent of Schools Louis H. Taylor. “That we have the highest concentration of four- and five-star schools in the state is further validation of the great work going on in our schools every day.” 

Maryland introduced School Report Cards in 2018 for students, parents, educators and community members could better understand how their schools are performing, just as report cards help parents understand how their kids are doing. The goal of the School Report Card is to bring together school data in an easy-to-understand and usable format to help us ask questions, find answers, make decisions, and act.

The School Report Cards can be found on the new Maryland Report Card website, as well as more information and data about schools and districts. This information can be found at: MdReportCard.org.