The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future was passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2021 to transform public education in the state into a world-class education system. The Blueprint will increase education funding by $3.8 billion each year over the next 10 years, enrich student experiences and accelerate student outcomes, as well as improve the quality of education for all children in Maryland, especially those who have been historically underserved.
In partnership with the Maryland State Board of Education, the Accountability and Implementation Board, and local education agencies, the Maryland State Department of Education is reimagining programs and initiatives in order to best implement the Blueprint and lead Maryland’s educational system forward. The Maryland State Department of Education will continuously assess and improve upon its capacity to guidethe future of Maryland education.
Students will have access to several college and career pathways at no cost them. Pathways are flexible, allowing students to develop in-depth knowledge of a subject area, earn postsecondary credits or industry credentials, and/or engage in competitive entry college preparation programs.
Community schools are schools that develop and utilize partnerships that connect the school, students, families, and surrounding community to the resources needed in order to thrive. They highlight the assets in traditionally underserved communities and provide students and families with essential wraparound services and supports.
Maryland has raised the income requirements for families from 65% of State Median Income to 75% in the Child Care Scholarship program. Now a family of four can earn up to $90,033 per year and still qualify for assistance.
The early years are the most critical period for brain development and set the foundation for lifelong learning and achievement. The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future emphasizes equitable early education opportunities that prepare all children for school and success through a mixed-delivery system comprised of public and private Pre-K partnerships that will expand family options.
The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future is elevating the statureof the teaching profession through the implementation of a career ladder, competitive salaries, including raising starting pay to $60,000, incentives for National Board Certified teachers up to $17,000, as well as raising expectations for teacher preparation, induction, and mentoring programs to attract and retain high-quality teachers.
The Blueprint for Maryland’s Futureprovides access to a rigorous and meaningful education that prepares students for success in college, career, and life.All students, regardless of family income, race, ethnicity, and/or ability shall have equitable access to new curricula and college and career pathways.
The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future focuses on equity and closing deeply entrenched opportunity and achievement gaps to ensure that all students, from advanced learners to those who are struggling and have been historically underserved, receive the necessary support in order to reach their full potential.The Blueprint calls for increases in funding for special education and English learner students, expansion of community schools and wraparound services, as well as before‑ and after‑school and summer academic enrichment programs.
The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future ensures strong oversight through the creation of the Accountability and Implementation Board and Expert Review Teams. These entities hold the State and local education agencies accountable for Blueprint implementation.
The State Board of Education and the Maryland State Department of Education hosted a roundtable on teacher diversity co-facilitated by Maryland Teacher of the Year, Brianna Ross and State Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury on April 21, 2022. The purpose was to hear from educators of color about their experiences in education and ideas for better supporting the recruitment and retention of a more diverse educator workforce.
The Maryland State Board & Department of Education Release of the Strategic Plan Phase 1
The Maryland State Board of Education and Maryland State Department of Education are developing a multiyear Strategic Plan that will be released in three phases leading up to June 2023. The Strategic Plan will anchor the vision, mission, values, priorities, enablers, goals, and flagship programs, initiatives, and strategies to realize the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future promise of an excellent and equitable education for every student.
College and Career Readiness: Roadmap to Implementation Report – Updated
This report presents an update on the preparation for implementing Pillar 3: College and Career Readiness, which reimagines what today’s students must know and be able to do by the end of the 10th grade. The Blueprint establishes the standard that will signify a student is college and career ready. Once a student is designated as meeting or exceeding the CCR standard, they will pursue college and career pathways.
Final Report: Workgroup on English Learners in Public Schools
The Workgroup on English Learners in Public Schools was established in the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Act during the 2020 Maryland General Assembly session. The Workgroup was charged with collecting data on English learners (ELs) in the state, reviewing national research and current practices, and making recommendations to improve the education of English learners in the state. Maryland is home to over 98,000 English learners in grades K-12.
The Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education was created in part to review and update the current funding formula for the schools in Maryland. Under the More Resources for Students to be Successful pillar, a new Concentration of Poverty Grant was established to support schools with a high percentage of students living in poverty.