State rewards schools for improvement on tests with $2.75 million 39 of 83 recipients are in metropolitan area bTC

November 19, 1998|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,SUN STAFF

Celebrating continuing success on state tests, nearly 300 elementary and middle schools took home citations and cash yesterday, as the Maryland State Department of Education gave out its annual performance awards.

Eighty-three of those schools shared $2.75 million, with Baltimore County garnering the most -- $736,000 for 21 of its schools that have shown significant progress for at least two years.

Overall, 39 schools in the metropolitan area shared the wealth, with individual awards statewide ranging from $15,700 to $64,600. Only Frederick and Talbot counties had no schools receiving awards.

"You can take that to the bank," state Schools Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick told superintendents and principals as they tore through the purple and gold wrapping on the small boxes that held the checks.

"Days like this are extremely important. They remind us what is possible. You are here today because you are so successful," Grasmick told the 500 educators at Martin's Eastwind for the third annual awards. Governor Parris N. Glendening joined Grasmick in presenting the packages.

"It is in your schools and your classrooms that the future really takes place," the governor told the crowd. "I am pleased to give the recognition that you earned and that you deserve."

Glendening was instrumental in creating the recognition program, for which the General Assembly has allotted $2.75 million annually since 1996.

"I was certainly surprised over the money and the amount of money," said Victoria Waidner, principal of Mayo Elementary in Anne Arundel County. Her school's award is $21,430.

Waidner said a focus on writing, staff development, concentrated resources and a lot of hands-on materials are among the strategies Mayo has used to boost student achievement scores. In 1993, the first year the state counted MSPAP scores, her school met one standard, she said. Last year, it met nine out of 12 and rated excellent on six of them.

"It's magnificent. This is evidence of the excellent work being done," said Robert Booker, chief executive officer of the Baltimore City schools. He held two checks: $64,605 for Roland Park Middle School and $30,025 for Hilton Elementary. The schools decide how they will spend the money.

As a three-time winner, Perry Hall Middle School Principal Rick Archambault was pleased by his school's award, but not surprised. Archambault said previous awards have been used to buy textbooks, furniture and technology, and pay for summer programs.

This year, Perry Hall received $63,770, bringing its three-year total to nearly $195,000. Fullerton Elementary, also in Baltimore County, was the only other school in the state to receive a cash award all three years.

Schools showing statistically significant improvement -- based on an Education Department formula -- for at least two years received money awards. Schools making progress for one year were given citations. The amount schools received depended on their enrollment and the number of schools qualifying.

The formula takes into account scores on the annual Maryland School Performance Assessment Program tests, functional tests and attendance rates, which must average at least 94 percent.

The results of last spring's tests, to be released next month, were not a factor in yesterday's awards.

Top performers

The following schools in the metropolitan area received monetary awards:

Anne Arundel County

Mayo Elementary -- $21,430

Millersville Elementary -- $28,712

Rolling Knolls Elementary -- $23,022

Sunset Elementary -- $36,909

West Annapolis Elementary -- $21,788

Corkran Middle -- $47,295

Lindale/Brooklyn Park Middle -- $35,755

Southern Middle -- $49,325

Baltimore City

Hilton Elementary -- $30,025

Roland Park Middle -- $64,605

Baltimore County

Arbutus Elementary -- $31,537

Bear Creek Elementary -- $33,726

Bedford Elementary -- $25,330

Carroll Manor Elementary -- $24,494

Catonsville Elementary -- $35,159

Fifth District Elementary -- $25,927

Fort Garrison Elementary -- $31,259

Fullerton Elementary -- $31,100

Grange Elementary -- $31,617

Gunpowder Elementary -- $31,219

Middleborough Elementary -- $28,553

Oakleigh Elementary -- $32,731

Pinewood Elementary -- $33,646

Red House Run -- $31,816

Warren Elementary -- $29,667

Wellwood International Magnet -- $32,453

Golden Ring Middle -- $44,231

Hereford Middle -- $44,788

Holabird Middle -- $41,804

Perry Hall Middle -- $63,770

Pikesville Middle -- $51,553

Carroll County

Runnymede Elementary -- $31,498

Harford County

Abingdon Elementary -- $37,148

Church Creek Elementary -- $39,496

Aberdeen Middle -- $59,870

Fallston Middle -- $52,787

Howard County

Clarksville Elementary -- $27,717

Northfield Elementary -- $39,058

Talbott Springs Elementary -- $29,428

SOURCE: Maryland Department of Education.

Pub Date: 11/19/98

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