New Distribution Date will be November 28th to Align with State Data Collection
Allegany County Public Schools’ kindergarten report cards will be on a delayed distribution schedule for the first nine week period of the 2012-2013 school year. The current timeline that Maryland has established for data collection on kindergarten students does not align with report card distribution for the first marking period; therefore, kindergarten report cards only will be sent home on Wednesday, November 28, 2012.
The Maryland State Department of Education monitors the progress of kindergartners across the state by using a common measure called the Maryland Model for School Readiness (MMSR) which rates kindergarteners in seven areas of development using an assessment system for young children. The MMSR is a framework for teachers to help them instruct and assess young children in the skills they need to be ready for school.
Maryland establishes a timeline for the state to collect data on kindergarten students. This year the dates are November 1-16, 2012. Allegany County Public Schools align the kindergarten report card to MMSR indicators. In order to make the data collection window and report card distribution align, kindergarten report card distribution needs to be delayed.
According to Dee Blank, Supervisor of Elementary Education, “Kindergarten classrooms throughout Allegany County are off to a successful start. Teachers have established the routines necessary for students to be active and engaging learners.” For more information about MMSR, visit www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/divisions/child_care/early_learning/MMSR.