Ahead of public hearings, the panel issues a draft plan to implement education reforms

Members from the early childhood education institution are holding a virtual meeting on November 2 to review the Blueprint to continue the comprehensive plan written by Mariaeland. Tortor

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Blueprint for Maryland’s Future’s Accountability and Implementation Board released a nearly 180-page document that outlines plans to revamp the public education system.

The 10-year plan includes a comprehensive multi-billion dollar plan to reform early childhood education, hire and retain quality and diverse teachers, prepare students for college and technical careers, and provide additional resources for students in need.

With the Powers Board holding two virtual public hearings next week, the document is due for final approval by Dec. 1.

The four advisory commissions will continue to meet every month to provide recommendations for the deletion, restructuring, or correction of certain proposed policies.

“We’re never going to get to a perfect solution. We just think it’s the state we’re going to push back on,” said David Harper, president of academic operations and programs at Chesapeake College in Talbott County.

Harper serves as the vice chair on a commission that met Wednesday to review the section on college and career readiness.

One goal would be to assess whether students are ready for higher education or receiving technical skills that lead to “industry-recognized credentials and paid jobs.” The state Department of Education would establish a college and career readiness standard to assess where students are academically by the 10th grade.

The state must also develop social communications to inform students, parents and educators in all 24 school systems about the various benches.

“It’s the same collaboration that needs to happen at the public level,” said Olivia Pearson, who chairs college and career activities and works as a college readiness officer for Prince George’s County Public Schools. “There is collaboration and coordination between all stakeholders.”

Another committee also met online Wednesday to review early childhood education.

The main goals of those reforms include expanding access for 3- and 4-year-old children to prekindergarten; He was the youngest of the students for the government. and helping parents choose where to send their children for care based on financial or educational needs.

The committee discussed a proposal that would require prekindergarten teachers to have either state certification in early childhood education or a bachelor’s degree “in any field” while pursuing another certification. This will be completed in the 2025-26 school year.

Gina Hoover, the first learning teacher in the Washington County public schools, said that the time will be spent by the agencies in the public schools, but it will be more difficult for the private providers to find certified teachers.

Ruby Daniels, president of the Family Child Care Association of Maryland, agrees.

“I don’t think we can afford a certified doctor because they do more than what we do at home,” said Daniels, who is in charge of the early childhood sitting.

He expressed concern about how the state would require private providers to fill at least 30% of their prekindergarten roster spots this fiscal year, and up to 50% in the next four years. He noted that the success of the reform Blueprint has a “true mixed-delivery” approach, in which public schools and private providers serve young students.

“If we lose 3- and 4-year-olds, I don’t think we can survive. More and more child care programs will close,” Daniel said.

Declining scores

As public school officials continue to work on the Blueprint program, a report released last week by the National Assessment of Education Progress shows a national decline in test scores in math and reading.

Known as the “National Report Card,” Maryland’s fourth- and eighth-grade students did no better.

Approximately 69% of fourth graders completed the basic level and below eight graders stood at 75%.

In terms of reading, 69% of fourth graders performed at or below the basic level. Eight graders registered at 67%.

Public prosecutor Mohammed Choudhury in a statement on Oct. 24. He said Maryland experienced a downward trend after 2013.

It is not enough to return to normal,” he said. “The current struggles of our students cannot be solely attributed to the pandemic. Our goal is to ensure that every student in Maryland has access to the best educational resources to realize their full potential, especially those who have historically served.”

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