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School Choice Option


Earlier this year, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) submitted an application for a waiver from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB Act). The state’s plan is designed improve the focus on student learning and quality instruction, while granting school districts relief from some of the “one size fits all” policies in NCLB. The U.S. Department of Education approved MSDE’s waiver in May. Under the approved state waiver, the School Choice option will no longer be offered.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I transferred my child under the School Choice program last year, can my child stay at that school?

Yes. If your child went to another school under the School Choice option, he/she may stay at that school.  However, you will need to arrange transportation for your child.

Is there another way my child can transfer schools?

Parents from any school can submit an application under the Change of School Assignment (COSA) process. Such requests are granted in very specific cases. Learn more about the COSA process on the MCPS website.

Is my child’s school still a Title I school?

Although the waiver changes some aspects of how ESEA is implemented, it does not change Title I designations. If your school has been identified as a Title I school, then it will continue to be one and will receive Title I funds.

What happens if the school does not make Adequate Yearly Progress next year?

Under the ESEA waiver, the method used to determine if schools are meeting state goals will change. MSDE will be providing more information on these changes in the coming weeks. But our school leaders will continue to implement effective instructional practices to build on the academic success our students are demonstrating on local and state assessments.  MCPS is committed to offering your child the best education possible.

What is the school going to do to help improve student achievement?

Our district is dedicated to continuous improvement and each school will continue to review its data and practices to identify areas where more focus is needed. Every school will continue to have an improvement plan that specifically identifies strategies for improving teaching and learning. The progress of students will continue to be monitored on an individual basis and school staff will work with parents to provide any necessary supports or services.


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