Delivering opportunity and promise of a better future to every Maryland child, the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future will transform the State’s prekindergarten through post-secondary systems with extensive policy changes and an unprecedented investment of State and local resources.
Prioritizing equity, the Blueprint prescribes new programs and innovative approaches to catalyze a world-renowned education system that aims to eradicate achievement gaps and ensures opportunity for every student, regardless of family income, race, ethnicity, or ability.
The Blueprint is a product of the recommendations made by the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, more commonly known as the Kirwan Commission, which met over the course of three years (2017-2019). The commission was comprised of a cross-section of stakeholders including education advocates, teachers, legislators, and experts to address education funding and needed approaches to better prepare students for success in the modern workforce. In doing so, the Blueprint’s future focus directly benefits students and educators, lifts historically underserved communities, prepares the workforce of tomorrow through college and career readiness, and enhances the State’s economic competitiveness. The Blueprint also establishes the new Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB) solely dedicated to ensuring the successful implementation of the Blueprint.
The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future provides the foundation needed to elevate every child to reach their full promise and potential by transforming Maryland’s education system to a world-class model. The bold work of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future is organized into five distinct pillars. The pillars and key implementation priorities for each include:
Pillar 1: Early Childhood Education
Initiatives identified in Pillar 1 address full day Pre-K at no- or reduced-cost for more families, public-private Pre-K partnerships to expand diverse best fit options for families, expansion of wraparound services for students and families through Judy Centers and Patty Centers, increased funding for the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program to support students with special needs, and more funding dedicated to elevating the quality of student experiences in early childhood education.
Pillar 2: High Quality and Diverse Teachers and Leaders
The High Quality and Diverse Teachers and Leaders Pillar includes initiatives that set the minimum teacher salary at $60,000, create a teacher career ladder that enables teachers to earn higher compensation and assume greater responsibilities, support the reorganization of schools to expand teacher professional learning and peer collaboration time during the school day, and raise expectations for teacher preparation and induction programs.
Pillar 3: College and Career Readiness
The “North Star” of the Blueprint, the College and Career Readiness Pillar sets a new College and Career Readiness (CCR) standard that prepares graduates for success in college and the workforce by ensuring they have the knowledge and skills to complete entry-level credit-bearing college courses and work in high-wage and high-demand industries. The Blueprint aims to have all students meet the CCR standard by the end of their 10th grade year, develops CCR-Support pathways to support students in meeting the standard, enables students to enter a Post-CCR pathway that builds on the student’s strengths, develops a Career and Technical Education (CTE) system that is aligned with industry’s needs, and ensures that PK-12 curriculum, standards, and assessments are all aligned with the new CCR standard.
Pillar 4: More Resources to Ensure that All Students are Successful
Pillar 4 initiatives focus on strengthening wraparound services through the expansion of community schools, establishing the Maryland Consortium on Coordinated Community Supports, targeting supports for students and families based on differentiated need, establishing a workgroup on English Learners in Maryland, and developing a funding formula based on a new measure of concentration of poverty.
Pillar 5: Governance and Accountability
The final Pillar, Governance and Accountability focuses on ensuring successful implementation of all the other initiatives. Pillar 5 creates an Expert Review Team structure to visit schools, understand implementation on the ground level, and share best practices in Maryland. The Pillar also creates a new Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB) to plan and monitor implementation of the Blueprint’s vision in collaboration with the State Board of Education. Finally, Pillar 5 requires all responsible State and local entities to submit a Blueprint Implementation Plan, including each school district.