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Maryland Schools Enroll New Report Card System

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SALISBURY, Md.- Maryland has a new report card system that grades, not students, but schools. The goal is to identify key problems and accomplishments in each school across the state.

The system measures different aspects of each school, which then plays into a school's "Final Score" rated on a five-star system. That's proven to be a useful new tool for Wicomico High School Principal Don Brady, who says the new system has already helped identify one major concern.

"We ended up being rated as a three-star school," Brady said. "Our major concern is our attendance."

Two-thirds of the report card examines schools based on their academics. Another one-third on school quality and student success. Assistant Superintendent of Wicomico County Public Schools Rick Briggs says the system also factors in English language proficiency as well as state testing performance.

"The previous report card had a limited amount of data," Briggs said. "Here in Wicomico County, we're pretty proud of the results. We weren't really sure what to expect going in."

Briggs says the new system gives parents a one-stop shop to see how their kids and schools are doing as they continue to reach for the stars.

Briggs adds the report card grades could play a factor in how schools are funded.

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