WCPS Achievements Support Maryland's #1 National Ranking

WCPS Achievements Support Maryland's #1 National Ranking

HAGERSTOWN, MD (January 9, 2009): The Maryland public school system was just named number one in the country, according to Education Week, the nation's leading education newspaper. Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) is one of 24 county school systems instrumental to this national ranking.
The ranking is based on student performance and state education policies that reflect more than a decade of work on a preK-12 curriculum; state accountability and standards; and work on school readiness, high school reform, and preparation for college and the workplace-all things addressed specifically in WCPS's Master Plan.
"Dr. Nancy Grasmick, Maryland State Superintendent, is an extraordinary leader and this report affirms her vision for success for all students in Maryland," said Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, WCPS superintendent. "We are proud to continue contributing significantly in Washington County to Maryland's overall success."
WCPS set all-time county records for both graduation and dropout rate during the 2007-2008 school year. Additionally, four WCPS high schools were ranked as "best in the nation" by US News & World Report. WCPS also continues to increase participation in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate coursework in our high schools.
"The rigor and challenge of our curriculum brings out the best in students and staff, promoting academic growth and high levels of achievements," said Donna Hanlin, assistant superintendent for secondary instruction. "The report also relies heavily on overall student performance and WCPS has consistently improved achievement results on state assessments across all areas every year since 2004."
Additionally, the report ranks state systems on the ability to mentor new teachers and provide continued professional development for instructional staff.
"The Center for Peak Performance & Productivity is a model in the state," added Dr. Morgan. "Our mentoring program and ongoing professional development for all staff are critical to our overall success. Successful teachers and innovative curriculum will continue to yield high-performing students."
"Enhanced technology for students and staff, small class sizes and adopting cutting-edge academic initiatives in our schools are just three components leading to our continued success," said Dr. Michael Markoe, assistant superintendent for elementary instruction. "Additionally, WCPS has a fantastic magnet school program that promotes rigor and high expectations, and most importantly gives our students many academic options."