Outline of the state of Maryland

School Climate Surveys

School Climate Surveys

State law, regulation, or district policy requires districts to administer school climate surveys.

Maryland Code 7-203 Education accountability program

(c) Standardized testing not the only measurement; educational accountability program. --

  • (1) National standardized testing may not be the only measure for evaluating educational accountability.
  • (2)
  • (i) An educational accountability program shall include at least three school quality indicators that measure the comparative opportunities provided to students or the level of student success in public schools.
  • (ii)
    1. One of the school quality indicators under subparagraph (i) of this paragraph shall be school climate surveys.
    1. The school climate surveys shall include at least one question to educators regarding the receipt of critical instructional feedback.
  • (iii) Other school quality indicators may include:
    1. Class size;
    1. Case load;
    1. Opportunities for:
  • A. Advanced Placement courses and International Baccalaureate Programs;
  • B. Career and Technology Education Programs; and
  • C. Dual enrollment;
    1. Chronic absenteeism;
    1. Data on discipline and restorative practices; and
    1. Access to teachers who hold an Advanced Professional Certificate or have obtained National Board Certification.
  • (iv) The school quality indicators used in subparagraph (i) of this paragraph may not be based on student testing.
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