MABE places a high priority on maintaining a positive and productive relationship with the Maryland State Board of Education. The State Board plays a major role in developing the state’s educational policies, adopting state regulations, and issuing legal opinions. Therefore, MABE staff and members of the MABE Board of Directors regularly attend the monthly meetings of the State Board, and MABE is engaged throughout the year in informing the State Board of the association’s positions on priority issues through testimony, correspondence, and meetings.
For additional information, contact John Woolums, MABE’s Director of Governmental Relations.
The Monitor is the newsletter penned by MABE staff to provide all boards with a comprehensive summary of each State Board meeting.
Maryland Register (published, proposed, and final state regulations)
COMAR (searchable database of all adopted state regulations) – MSDE/State Board regulations are contained in Title 13A
State Board Priority Issues
MABE staff tracks issues that are a priority for our members and/or the Maryland State Board of Education. Please see the list below for the current State Board priority issues.
MABE has identified the following issues currently before the Maryland State Board of Education as priorities for our members.
The Monitor and selected meeting materials are uploaded to the MABE website following each Maryland State Board of Education meeting to provide local boards with timely access to the issues pending before the State Board.
July 2020 Issue - Recovery Plan Updates & Local Presentations, State Report Card Data, Charter School Regulations
June 2020 Issue - Per-Pupil Expenditure Report, Education Recovery Plan, Student Suspensions and Arrest Data
May 2020 Issue - Federal CARES Act, Education Recovery Plan, Distance Learning Participation, State Regulations
April 2020 v2 Issue - Interscholastic sports cancellation, Education Recovery Plan, Teacher and Principal Evaluations, Nonpublic School Instructional Day Waiver, Teacher Certification, Grading and Reporting
April 2020 Issue - Meals/Food Distribution, Continuity of Learning, Waiver Requests, Calendar Modification Requests
March 2020 Issue - Ratifying State Superintendent’s Closing of Schools, Federal Accountability and Assessment Waiver, Social Studies Standards Regulations, Session Summary, COVID-19 Update, Superintendent Search
February 2020 Issue - Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate, Advanced Placement & SAT, Assessment Graduation Performance Requirement, Change to MISA Structure, Maryland Report Card Update
January 2020 Issue - Update on Student Support Initiatives and Research on Achievement Gaps, Maryland Report Card Analysis, Change to High School MISA Structure
December 2019 Issue - Maryland 2018-2019 Report Card, Graduation Task Force
October 2019 Issue - Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP), Algebra I Assessment, Career and Technical Education Four-Year State Plan
September 2019 Issue - 2019 State Assessment Results, Financial Reporting Requirements, Heroin and Opioid Epidemic, Educator Preparation Program Regulations
August 2019 Issue - Election of Officers, 2019 Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP), Graduation Task Force, School Safety Update
July 2019 Issue - Student Discipline Regulations, Lead Higher Report, The Blueprint for Maryland's Future, CSM Initiative
June 2019 Issue - Graduation Task Force, SRCL Grant, State Board Membership
May 2019 Issue - Review of School Transfer Appeals, Graduation Task Force, State Standards in Social Studies, Digital Learning Standards
April 2019 Issue - Educator Certification, ESSA Accountability Update, Maryland High School Graduation Task Force, Juvenile Services Education System
March 2019 Issue - Educator Certification, Maryland Integrated Science Assessment, Improving the Teacher Evaluation System
February 2019 Issue - ESSA Accountability Update and Data Analysis, Educator Certification, and Curriculum Vetting Regulation
January 2019 Issue - Kindergarten Readiness Results, Educator Preparation Programs: Standards and Competencies, PGCO Performance Audit Review
December 2018 Issue - Principals of the Year recognition, PGCO Performance Audit Review, ESSA Report Cards, and Teacher Certification
October 2018 Issue - Superintendent Qualifications, ESSA Implementation, and High School Graduation Task Force Recommendations
September 2018 Issue - PARCC Supplemental Results, ESSA Implementation, and School Discipline
August 2018 Issue - State Board Hears 2018 Maryland PARCC Results, Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program Update and Hears Presentation of Four-Year-Old Curriculum Project
July 2018 Issue - State Board nominates Hartings as President and Izsard as Vice President, ESSA Implementation, and Online Learning Policies
June 2018 Issue - State Board Discusses ESSA Implementation, Assessment Data Comparisons, and Plan for Principal and Teacher Evaluations
May 2018 Issue - State Board Discusses National Assessment of Educational Progress, ESSA Implementation, Online Learning Policies, and Teacher of the Year
April 2018 Issue - State Board Discusses Teacher Certification Assessments, Charter School Grant Updates, ESSA and School Calendar Waivers
March 2018 Issue – State Board Discusses Definition for “At-Risk” School, Establishment of Office of Compliance and Oversight, School Calendar Waiver/Modification Requests
February 2018 Issue – State Board Discusses MCAP, Early Childhood Education and ESSA Waivers
January 2018 Issue – State Board Discusses Baltimore City School Facilities, KRA Data, and Prince George’s Graduation Rates Audit
For archived issues of the Monitor, please contact the MABE office at 410-841-2493