Exciting things are happening in Baltimore City Public Schools.
For the second consecutive year, Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) enrollment increased by more than 800 students, reversing several decades of decline. Over the past three years, the dropout rate has decreased by 57%, the graduation rate has increased by 10%, and the percentage of students exceeding state standards has more than doubled.
However, in 2011, proficiency levels dropped from 72.4% to 69% proficiency in reading and from 66.3% to 61.4% proficiency in math. City Schools contains some of the lowest-performing schools in the state, and strong leaders are needed to ensure that students in those schools have an education equal to those in other schools in Maryland. As our superintendent, Dr. Andres Alonso says, “The goal is success for all kids.”
City Schools remains dedicated to transforming the quality of education for students in poverty and students of color – and much of that work centers around the identification and training of outstanding school leaders who share that commitment. This work is critical, as City Schools had 45 principal vacancies (out of 200 schools) at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. There remains an urgent need for New Leaders to join in City Schools’ effort to turn underperforming schools into institutions of academic excellence.
Baltimore New Leaders
During the 2011-2012 school year, our Baltimore program supported 70 New Leaders as they worked to transform the quality of public and charter school education for some 25,000 students — approximately 76% of our schools are comprised of traditional district schools, and 24% are public charter schools.
Because of our strong partnership with City Schools and the Maryland State Department of Education, those who successfully complete our Aspiring Principals Program are granted the state-mandated Administrator and Supervisor I credential. Ours is the first partnership program in the state and one of the first in the country to be granted this type of authority – a strong validation of our innovative training model that documents our alignment with the Maryland Instructional Leadership Framework.
Stacy Place (Cohort 7) was recently featured in Baltimore Magazine article, “Fresh Faces in the Principal’s Office”. Click below to read more about her and our Baltimore program.
Baltimore is one of two New Leaders program sites in Maryland. For information on our work in Prince George’s County, click here.