The Office of Accountability (OA) coordinates assessment, research, and evaluation activities throughout the
The Office of Accountability oversees the administration of all systemwide assessments, including state-mandated
accountability testing, providing training and information to teachers and administrators regarding proper
procedures for administering assessments and interpreting results. In collaboration with various curriculum
offices, the Office of Accountability reproduces student response forms, scans, scores, and reports student
performance on a variety of locally-developed tests, including surveys of early reading skills and final
examinations. The Office of Accountability also serves as the school system’s liaison with the Maryland State
Department of Education for testing, providing and receiving a variety of data to comply with state
requirements. For additional information about the Maryland School Assessment and other NCLB-related statewide
assessments, log on to the Maryland State Department of Education’s school improvement website,
http://www.mdk12.org, and to the report website,
http://reportcard.msde.maryland.gov/. The Office of Accountability prepares a variety of reports
related to state-mandated tests and locally-developed assessments as well as nationally-administered tests
such as the SAT and Advanced Placement Testing Program. Additional information about the SAT and the performance
of students from Maryland and the nation can be obtained at
In support of the systemwide focus on continuous improvement in teaching and learning, the Office of
technical assistance and advice to curriculum specialists in the design of formative assessments and
with program leaders to design and implement program evaluation and monitoring. For example, the Office of
Accountability has collaborated with the Office of English to formatively and summatively evaluate the Harcourt
Reading Series and is currently collaborating with the Office of Curriculum and Instruction to develop a
comprehensive design for evaluating the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the school
system. The Office of Accountability also conducts and supports survey research relating to a variety of
initiatives in the school system including the improvement of school climate.
11/30/2022 3:01 PM
11/17/2022 12:59 PM
The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text message to all parents and guardians at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2022:
If you are active military personnel, a civilian or federal employee working and/or living on federal property, your child has received or will receive a form to be completed and returned to school. If your child is not attending school in person, please find a blank form attached to this email. It is very important that we receive the completed form from you, as this is a means of funding that will impact your child’s school system. Persons working on federal property, please be sure to complete the box indicating the specific location of your employment. The forms should be returned to school with your child no later than Friday, November 11, 2022. Blank forms are also available on www.hcps.org on the Resources for Parents page under ‘Forms and Documents.’ Please contact your school if you have any questions.
11/1/2022 8:00 AM
The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text message to all parents and guardians at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2022:
Maryland legislation now requires notification of parent/guardians when a student meal account balance becomes low.
This is to notify you that parents and guardians will soon begin to receive monthly automated communications via phone and email when your student’s meal account reaches $2.60. Notification at this amount will ensure you’re aware you have funds remaining for approximately one meal.
Students without funds on their account will still receive a meal that is charged to their account but will not be able to purchase any snack items, even with cash. Consequently, families with a balance LESS THAN $0 will receive a weekly call notifying that your account balance needs to be paid.
We encourage families to login to your MySchoolBucks account and set your own balance reminders above $2.60 to avoid receiving the monthly or weekly notices. Please note, if you opt out of the balance alerts when they begin, you will be opting yourself out of receiving all HCPS outreach communications.
Federal waivers allowing universally free school meals ended June 30, 2022 – students who do not qualify for meal benefits or whose applications for meal benefits from previous years expired must pay $2.50 for lunch in elementary schools or $2.60 for lunch in secondary schools. The online meal benefit application is available at www.hcpsmenus.com.
If you are unsure of your MySchoolBucks account or balance information, contact Food and Nutrition Services at 410-638-4078 for assistance.
10/27/2022 12:38 PM
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