Dr. Andrew Ross: Measure schools by the well-being of their individual kids

TranZed Alliance President and CEO Dr. Andrew Ross responded to an announcement from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) regarding the state’s plan for measuring school success in an editorial for The Baltimore Sun.

MSDE’s announcement comes in the months before states are due to submit a plan for assessing the academic standards outlined by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law by President Obama in 2015. ESSA effectively replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), shifting responsibility from the federal government to the states in an effort to increase flexibility in academic assessment.

The MSDE’s proposed plan measures the quality of a school by its academic performance, attendance rate and parent surveys.

Click here to read why Dr. Ross believes a “good school” should measure the well-being of the whole child, not just his or her academic performance. 

The Maryland State Board of Education will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 18 at the Maryland State Department of Education, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore. Conversation regarding the ESSA proposal will begin at 9:45. According to MSDE’s website, the “Maryland State Department of Education staff will review with the Board some of the early feedback it has received on the State’s plan for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Board members last month sent the plan on to the Governor and General Assembly for further review and launched a new public survey. The State Board is expected to take a final vote on the plan in August.”

If you would like to take the MSDE’s public survey, click here.



Monarch campuses are currently closed and with distance learning students participating in summer school/ESY programming. For a listing of free meals sites for children ages 2 to 18, go to aacps.org/mealpickup. View our resource Talking to Children about COVID-19 and Managing their Social and Emotional Needs.