Montgomery County Public School's 2016 Annual Report to the Community

Annual Report 2016 Introduction

Dear Reader:

On behalf of the Montgomery County Board of Education, I am pleased to present the 2016 Annual Report to the Community.

The mission of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is 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 2016 Annual Report to the Community serves as a compendium of this critical work during the 2015 – 2016 school year.

Included in this report to the community are:

  • Highlights from the 2015 - 2016 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

In addition to looking back at the year that has passed, this report also provides a look forward for MCPS under the leadership of new Superintendent Jack R. Smith. In just his first few months with MCPS, Dr. Smith has already begun to build on the foundation of success that MCPS is recognized for across the state and country.

Thank you to the 156,447 students who served as our driving purpose and inspiration for our work. Thank you to the more than 22,000 educators, administrators and staff who helped turn our mission into instruction and action on behalf of our students. Thank you to our partners, parents and community for your support, input and engagement. And a special thank you to Mr. Larry Bowers, who served as interim superintendent during the 2015-2016 school year and provided steady leadership to our schools and students.

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, BOE

Annual Report 2016 At a Glance

MCPS is the Largest School System in Maryland
MCPS Total Student Enrollment is 156,447
MCPS 17th Largest School System in the United States (Out of 13,515 Nationally)



2016-2017 Students Enrollment is 156,447 Students


MCPS Demographics

Graduation Rate

MCPS Graduation rate 89.8%

Scholarship Dollars

$343.5 Million in College Scholarships for the class of 2016

Services by Student Group

MCPS Services by Student Group


SAT 1629/ACT 25 average combined for class of 2016

Career Technology Completers

MCPS Career Technology Completers

Schools & Employees

Size & Population

Montgomery County, MD - Size 497 square miles and Population of 1,000,017


MCPS consists of 203 schools

Number of Employees: 21,445 (Budgeted)

MCPS Number of Employees Budgeted for 21,445

Workforce Demographics

Workforce Demographics


88.2% MCPS Teachers have a Master's degree or equivalent


Transportation - 1,287 Buses transport 100,000 students


Meals - 15 millions meals served during the 2015-16 school year

Annual Report 2016 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.

Strategic Planning Framework

Building Our Future Together is the Strategic Planning Framework that guided Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) as we seek to provide all students with the skills and knowledge needed for success.

District Implementation Plan

The District Implementation Plan for the MCPS Strategic Planning Framework—Building Our Future Together: Students, Staff and Community—was developed to guide schools and offices in fulfilling the mission, values and core purpose of the Framework.

Non-profit Involvement/Partnerships

MCPS recognizes that community partnerships are critical tools to student success. They exist to empower all students, parents and community leaders to become active in shaping the student learning experience and to engage institutions in every sector of the community to support student learning.

Annual Report 2016 Student Performance Data

MCPS periodically assesses students to find out what and how much students are learning. MCPS also uses assessment results to evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum and instruction. Based on individual and group results, teachers can intervene early to fill in learning gaps, adjustments can be made to the curriculum, and professional development can be designed and offered in targeted ways.

The assessment information below provides a snapshot of student learning at certain points in time:

  • The end of primary education - Grade 3
  • The end of elementary school - Grade 5
  • The end of middle school - Grade 8
  • During high school – grades 9 and 11

These data points, as well as others, show whether students are on track to be college and career ready by the end of high school.

More detailed information about MCPS assessment results can be found at

Annual Report 2016 Operating Budget

Funding Sources
Expenditures by Category

Board of Education Outlines Budget Request

The Board of Education met February 10, 2015 and approved a $2.39 billion Operating Budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. The Board’s request includes a 4.1 percent increase in spending over this year, and will allow the district to provide the same services to a growing number of students; manage increased operational costs; and meet salary and benefit obligations. The video discusses Board member priorities for the budget.

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

Annual Report 2016 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 21,265 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 Fiscal Year 2015-2020 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) totals $1.75 billion and is primarily funded by Montgomery County, with critical support coming from the state as well. In recent years, budget challenges have required much needed projects to be delayed as available funding from the county and the state has not kept pace with demand for school construction.

This Capital Improvements Program keeps on schedule many projects that will add capacity to schools and increases 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
Capital Improvement Budget
  • 11 Full Building Mechanical Systems Replacement
  • 54 Building Modification & Program Improvement and Americans with Disabilities Act Projects
  • 31 new or relocated portable classroom unit projects at 11 different school sites

2016 Capital Plan

Capital Improvements Plan Page

For the future:

Interim Superintendent’s $1.72 Billion School Construction Plan Addresses Space Needs in MCPS

Annual Report 2016 Operational Excellence

Service to Schools Measures

Contracts Awarded to Minority-, Female-, and/or Disabled-Owned Vendors 17%

Logistical Requests Completed within Five Days—Department of Materials Management 88.5%

Human Resources Measures

685 Board-certified teachers in MCPS. Montgomery County far surpasses all other districts in Maryland, and MCPS is ranked eighth in the top 30 districts for the total number of National Board-certified educators.

Annual Report 2016 A Transition of Leadership and Priorities for 2017

Priorities for the 2016-2017 School Year

On March 8, 2016 the Board of Education officially appointed Dr. Jack R. Smith to be superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools. Dr. Smith stated at the time that “Our community rightly expects that we will give every child a first-class education, and that is what we are committed to doing. We want every child to graduate with a world of options and choices before them.” See video

As we build on the many successes of our school system, our CORE VALUES of LEARNING, RELATIONSHIPS, RESPECT, EXCELLENCE and EQUITY compel us to act and unite around our goal of Academic Excellence for ALL.

Many students currently meet or exceed rigorous standards of learning excellence.

Some groups of students do not have the learning opportunities or reach the learning levels needed to complete their MCPS education ready to be successful in college, career and community.

These learning disparities fall most heavily on Black/African American students, Hispanic/Latin students, and student impacted by poverty.

In the 2016-2017 school year, we are focusing on ensuring that our struggling learners receive the same levels of excellence in teaching and learning provided to our successful students. We are committed to creating a school system where academic success is not predictable by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, language or disability.

To achieve this goal, we will improve teaching and learning by focusing on:

  • Learning, Results and Accountability
  • Human Capital Management
  • Community Partnerships and Engagement
  • Operational Excellence

Strategic Accelerators

Improve Teaching and Learning

  • Increase opportunities for students to participate in rigorous coursework, programs, and co-curricular activities including in the STEM areas
  • Expand achievement-focused extracurricular programs to all middle schools to increase outcomes and opportunities for students
  • Expand home-school model special education programs
  • Ensure effective mathematics instruction through robust materials, focused support, and approaches to scheduling

Focus on Learning, Accountability and Results

  • Improve understanding of data through implementation of comprehensive data systems
  • Provide assessment opportunities for students who want to take the SAT, ACT or career certification assessments
  • Implement climate surveys for staff and students
  • Implement systems that result in comprehensive and systemic college/career planning efforts

Focus on Human Capital

  • Implement required professional learning for teachers and paraeducators to include cultural competence, implicit bias, and restorative practice
  • Provide focused training for teachers on effective practices and content knowledge
  • Develop comprehensive pathway programs for supporting services staff who want to become teachers
  • Expand equity and excellence hiring efforts

Focus on Community Partnerships and Engagement

  • Develop and communicate resources and materials to provide parents and partners with information on available opportunities and improving outcomes for students
  • Build pipelines from elementary schools to improve engagement and opportunities in arts, sciences, and mathematics programs
  • Expand partnership with Montgomery College to increase numbers of schools in the ACES program

Focus on Operational Excellence

  • Create efficiencies and ensure effective operations through updating and enhancing business systems
  • Enhance air quality and maintenance support and prevention programs

Incorporating PARCC Measurements

In the spring of 2016, students throughout Maryland took the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in Mathematics grades 3-8 and Algebra 1 and in English Language Arts/Literacy grades 3-8 and 10. These assessments measure whether students are meeting new, higher academic standards and mastering the knowledge and skills needed to be successful beyond high school.