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Annual Report 2017


Dear Reader:

On behalf of the Montgomery County Board of Education, I am pleased to present the 2017 Annual Report to the Community.

The mission of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is to provide every student with the academic, creative problem solving, and social emotional skills to be successful in college and career. Each year, MCPS works in furtherance of this mission by providing its students with rigorous academic instruction; access to diverse learning opportunities; powerful educational resources; safe learning environments; and much more. The 2017 Annual Report to the Community serves as a snapshot of this critical work during the 2016–2017 school year.

Included in this report to the community are:

  • Highlights from the 2016-2017 school year
  • An at-a-glance look of MCPS demographics
  • Data on student performance and graduation
  • Information on our operating and capital budgets
  • And more
  • Thank you to the more than 23,000 educators, administrators and staff who helped turn our mission into instruction and action on behalf of our students. And thank you to our partners, parents and community for your support, input and engagement.

    I look forward to building on the achievements outlined in this report and continuing our effort to ensure we are providing all students with the greatest public education possible.

    Michael A. Durso
    President, Board of Education

Annual Report 2017

At a Glance

Largest in Maryland

17th Largest in the united States


MCPS Enrollment: 161,546 students


MCPS Demographics: White 28.3%, Hispanic/Latino 32.3%, Black or African American 21.4%, Asian: 14.4%, Two or more races: ≤5.0%, American Indian or Alaskan Native ≤5.0%, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander ≤5.0%

Graduation Rate

MCPS Performance 89.8% graduation rate

Scholarship Dollars

MCPS Class of 2017 received more than $350 million in college scholarships

Services by Student Group

MCPS Services by Student Group: 17.5% participate in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), 11.7% receive Special Education Services, 35.1% participate in Free and Reduced-Price Meals (FARMs)

Career Technology Completers

MCPS Career Technology Completers

Size & Population

MCPS Size 497 Sq. Miles & Population 1,000,017


MCPS 205 Schools

Number of Employees: 23,347 (Budgeted)

MCPS Number of Employees Budgeted for 23,347

Workforce Demographics

Workforce Demographics


MCPS Teachers: 86.4 percent of teachers have a master's degree or equivalent.


MCPS Career Technology Completers


16 million meals served during the 2016-2017 school year

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System Priorities

Mission Every student will have the academic, creative problem solving, and social emotional skills to be successful in college and career.

Vision We inspire learning by providing the greatest public education to each and every student.

Core Purpose Prepare all students to thrive in their future.

Core Values Learning, Relationships, Respect, Excellence, Equity.

MCPS Strategic Plan

MCPS Strategic Plan

MCPS began implementing a new set of strategic priorities in 2017 under the leadership of new superintendent, Jack R. Smith. These priorities were built upon into Fiscal Year 2018 to become the MCPS Strategic Plan.

Learn More

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Policy Update

Each year a significant body of work for the Montgomery County Board of Education is to develop, review, amend, or rescind various policies that guide the work in the school district. It is the responsibility of the Board of Education Policy Management Committee to meet and develop or revise Board policy as necessary. The committee meets with appropriate staff to develop a draft policy (or to make revisions to policy) which it then presents to the Board for discussion and action.

During the 2016-2017 school year a total of 41 Board of Education policies and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) regulations were either amended, revised, or rescinded. Some of the amendments and revisions were technical or non-substantive.

The Board of Education revised 10 policies, rescinded 4 policies, and reviewed 27 regulations.

MCPS Board of Education

Revised Board of Education Policies

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Student Performance Data

Evidence of Learning Framework:

  • MCPS infrastructure, developed during the latter part of the 2016-17 school year that includes multiple measures (i.e., classroom, district, and external) to determine if our students are learning and learning enough.
  • Evidence of Learning Attainment is examined for both Literacy and Mathematics
  • Includes measures of readiness for the next grade level in for grades 2, 5, 8, and 11
  • Includes measures of successful transition in grades K, 3, 6, 9, and 12
  • Baseline readiness data of Evidence of Learning Attainment is provided in the FY 17 Annual Report

Evidence of Learning Attainment:

  • A student shows Evidence of Attainment by demonstrating success on at least two of the measurement types -classroom, district, and external

Ongoing Work

The superintendent provides regular updates of Evidence of Learning attainment (i.e., readiness and successful transition) to the Board of Education. Readiness data reported at the September 25, 2017 meeting can be found here. The Board will be presented with data on student transition in February 2018.

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Annual Report 2017

Operating Budget

Funding Sources

Funding Sources


Expenditures by Category

Board of Education Approves $2.46 Billion Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2017: On June 14, 2016, the Montgomery County Board of Education adopted a $2.46 billion operating budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. This included an increase of $180,244,605 from FY 2016. This spending increase strengthened the system’s foundation, which had been squeezed by eight years of difficult economic times, and accelerated efforts to close the achievement gap for African American, Latino, and economically disadvantaged students.

Learn More About the Budget Process, Timeline and More on MCPS Budget 101

Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Resources: Montgomery County Operating Budget at a Glance

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Capital Improvement Budget

Montgomery County Public Schools is not only the largest school district Maryland, it is also one of the fastest growing school districts in the state and across the nation. MCPS has grown by more than 23,801 students since 2007 and expects to add more than 10,000 new students by 2021. This significant growth in enrollment is creating tremendous demand for additional classroom space. MCPS has added more than 1,200 more classrooms and more than 14,000 seats in the last decade to accommodate enrollment increases but it has not been enough to keep pace with this growth.

The approved FY2017 Educational Facilities Master Plan and the FY 2017-2022 CIP  was approved by the Board of Education on November 16, 2015.  The Board’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017–2022 request included 10 new classroom addition projects—6 in elementary schools and 4 in secondary schools—and a new elementary school in the Clarksburg cluster. The CIP request kept on schedule many other projects that will add capacity to schools and increased funding for countywide infrastructure projects, including Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) replacement and numerous other infrastructure needs.

Investments in Capital Improvements is an investment in students and their futures. It is a balance between dramatic facility needs and fiscal realities that must be made in order to meet enrollment growth and to provide students with modern, safe classrooms where they can learn and grow.

School Type Sq. Ft.
Hallie Wells MS New 150,089
Julius West MS Addition 35,394
Wheaton HS Revitalization/Expansion 333,268
William H. Farquhar MS Revitalization/Expansion 134,063
Wood Acres ES Addition 21,425
Total 674,239

Projects during the 2015-2016 school year and completed for the beginning of school in August of 2016.

Projects during the 2015-2016 school year and completed for the beginning of school in August of 2016.

  • Completed 674,239 square feet of new school construction.
  • Completed five (5) major capital projects for school opening in August 2016.
    • 1 new school – Hallie Wells Middle School
    • 2 revitalization/expansion projects
      • William H. Farquhar Middle School
      • Wheaton High School
  • 2 addition projects
    • Julius West Middle School
    • Wood Acres Elementary School
  • Construction is ongoing for six (6) major capital projects.
  • Planning/design is underway for nineteen (19) major capital projects

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Operational Excellence

On-time Bus Arrival

Montgomery County school buses provide student transportation to more than 200 schools in Montgomery County and special schools in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. Buses are parked strategically throughout the county at six transportation depots. Each depot has a fueling system, maintenance repair shop, and houses depot administrative offices. Buses also provide transportation for summer school, field trips and other community activities year-round. Our on-time arrival data monitors a very important objective to ensure students are at school in time for the start of their instructional day.

Preventable Bus Accidents

All school bus accidents are determined preventable/non-preventable by the MCPS Accident Review Board and State of Maryland guidelines. The Department of Transportation set a target of not more than 45 preventable accidents per year to gauge efforts around safety training, review, and accident mitigation. For all preventable accidents, it is mandatory that the bus operator involved attend an MCPS accident refresher/training class. These training classes are held monthly through the school year.

Police Citations of Motorists

School buses are fitted with camera technology that records motorists passing a stopped school bus in violation of traffic laws. The data represent police citations issued to motorists based on footage captured by the school bus camera. Beginning in October 2016, new and expanded technology was implemented that is able to record more violations.

Food and Nutrition Services

The various Child Nutrition Programs offered to our students exceed the requirements as established by the United States Department of Agriculture. MCPS is committed to providing high-quality, nutritious meals and snacks to all students as we recognize that a hungry child cannot learn.

FARMS Recipients

The number of students eligible for Free and Reduced-price Meals System (FARMS) services is higher than it has ever been. There continues to be a large number of our students that come to us from economically disadvantaged households and facing food insecurity. The school meals program and the Summer Food Service Program provide the nourishment needed to keep our students healthy.

Weekend Backpack Food Program

The Weekend Backpack program services elementary students and their families experiencing food insecurity. There are three non-profit partners that provide the program. These partners have set the common goal of making weekend food assistance available to all elementary schools with more than 50 percent of their students eligible for FARMS services.

Maintenance Work Orders Received vs Completed

The data show the number of repairs requested by schools as well as some preventive maintenance initiated by central services. The data are tracked in order to monitor work requested and completed, the number of requests, the gap between work needed and work completed, and the time taken to complete requests.

Budgeted vs Actual Maintenance and Repairs

The data are used to prepare budget requests that support maintenance to maximize and extend the life of buildings. The data are also used to analyze the need to maintain older facilities after deferral of capital renewal, or the need to increase proactive preventative maintenance.

Actual Building Inspections vs Targeted

The data represent the actual number of building inspections completed vs the targeted number. These building inspections assess the cleanliness and operations of buildings and the work of building service workers. Schools should receive two inspections a year, other facilities should receive one inspection. Productivity in terms of the number completed is impacted by weather, other emergency responses that arise, and staff shortages.

Local Building Inspection Results

The building service area supervisors conduct local regular inspections and give a letter grade of quality. The target is for all inspections to receive a grade of "B" or above.

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Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions

MCPS monitors its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a variety of sustainability programs and investments. The data track these reductions in six categories: energy retrofits, wind energy purchases, recycling, solid waste reductions, School Energy and Recycling (SERT) Program reductions, and energy efficiency improvements implemented through the construction program. In FY16, the decrease in SERT reduction is due to the implementation of a new energy avoidance baseline calculation for schools. Since 2003, MCPS has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by over 70,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent or MTCO2e. This represents a 30 percent reduction in the MCPS carbon footprint since 2003.

Trash Generation vs Enrollment

MCPS has been decreasing its trash generation even with increasing enrollment. MCPS has made a major commitment to recycling and to tracking the performance of these efforts. Montgomery County requires the recycling of four categories of material: paper/cardboard, bottles/cans, yard waste, and scrap metal.

Logistical Requests Completed within 5 days

The Department of Materials Management (DMM) manages a warehouse and distribution network that provides the necessary textbooks, instructional materials, classroom and office supplies, science kits, furniture, equipment, and test materials to schools and offices. DMM recognizes that these requests are time sensitive and strives to meet the goal of completing the request within five working days.

Copier Repair Services

One of our major goals to support schools needing instructional materials is to provide all teachers with dependable copier machines readily available during every school day. While we monitor our response time for repairs to ensure we are complying with our service agreement with principals (which targets repair within 48 hours), our primary performance measure for this goal is to reduce repairs and increase preventive maintenance.