Late last week, the Maryland General Assembly passed the Protect Our Schools Act, a misleading name for HB 978.
HB 978 weakens Maryland’s state accountability measures and seeks to widen the achievement gap across our state and send a false sense of substantive achievement for children. It actively denies schools and teachers valuable data and insight by reducing the weight and importance of academic indicators in the state’s education accountability system.
If allowed to move forward, this bill makes Maryland a clear outlier for accountability standards from other states, most of which weigh student academic achievement and growth more significantly than this bill proposes. States do this because they understand the critical importance of weighting these measures heavily. We do this in Maryland so that we know how our education system is doing.
Our children deserve every opportunity to succeed and thrive. Keeping accountability standards high, and keeping academic indicators a large part of our accountability system, is a critical step in that direction. We must maintain our commitment to our kids and this veto helps us to do just that.