2018 | Schools

School Notes: ‘Evidence of Learning’ Data Available for Deciphering

Plus: Students recognized in national competition, backpack fundraiser underway

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Montgomery County Public Schools has a new way to see how your school stacks up.

The Board of Education received a “Year in Review” presentation about the school system’s Strategic Plan on July 30. Included in the discussion was review of new “dashboards” that allow the public to review student achievement through the school system’s “Evidence of Learning” framework.

Evidence of Learning, or EOL, uses multiple measures to determine if students are succeeding in the classroom, including district measures, classroom measures and achievement on external measures such as standardized tests and college entrance exams.

Students attain “Evidence of Learning” success if they meet expectations on at least two of the measurement types: classroom, district or external measures.

The EOL framework was fully implemented during the last school year.

So how do students stack up?

A dashboard on the school system’s website allows users to break down the data by school, gender, income and other identifiers.

According to the dashboard, here is a breakdown of the percentage of students reaching EOL attainment, by grade level:

Students recognized at NAACP competition

Two Montgomery County Public Schools students received national recognition for their excellence in the arts at NAACP’s National Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympic Competition, which is called ACT-SO, for short.

Gabrielle Cramer, a rising senior at Northwood High School, received a gold medal for her excellence in ballet, and Fredrica Deegbe, a rising senior at Northwest High School, received a silver medal for written poetry.

The ACT-SO National Program was held earlier this month in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 700 students across the country vying for scholarships and prizes for their excellence in the areas of STEM, humanities, performing arts, visual arts and business.

The yearlong achievement program is designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

The other local medalists who represented Montgomery County in the national competition, and their area of competition, were:

  • Daria Holoman, a rising sophomore at Springbrook High, engineering;
  • Jessica Holloway, a rising junior at Richard Montgomery High, medicine and health;
  • Simone Hicks, a Sherwood High graduate and incoming Montgomery College freshman, original essay;
  • Ashley Torkornoo, a Clarksburg High graduate and rising freshman at Mount St. Mary’s University, short story;
  • Morgan Lowery, a Richard Montgomery High graduate and rising freshman at Meredith College, instrumental classical;
  • Kwasi Kyeremeh, a Quince Orchard High graduate and incoming Montgomery College freshman, instrumental contemporary;
  • Sonayah Charles, a Springbrook High graduate and rising freshman at the Berklee College of Music, vocal contemporary;
  • Aidan Douglas, a rising sophomore at Seneca Valley High, oratory; and
  • Mwansa Mukuka, a Wootton High rising senior, drawing.

Want to give back?

The annual backpack drive held by Montgomery County Public Schools and the Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation is in full swing.

Donations can be made through the mail, at www.mcpsgivesbackpacks.org or by texting ‘Backpac’ to 301-329-2238.

With every $10 donation received, a student will receive a backpack filled with five grade-appropriate items. Backpacks for children in need are delivered to schools during the week of Aug. 20.

The GIVE BACKpacks program receives and accepts donations all year. If the donation is received after October, it is generally included in the next school year’s campaign.

During the 2017-2018 school year, 18,534 students received backpacks and school supplies through the program.