Equal Education A Struggle In MD, But Local Schools Make Strides - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Equal Education A Struggle In MD, But Local Schools Make Strides

Posted: Updated:

MARYLAND – Equal education for all students is one of the main focuses for schools across the country. However, across the state of Maryland, it's been a big struggle.

"Every child regardless of where they are born, or where they come from, or what they look like, should have equal access to that kind of a great education," says Attorney General Doug Gansler.

However, statistics show that is not the case. The state of Maryland currently has the second largest achievement gap in the country for kindergarten through twelfth grade.

"I think it's a problematic problem that we have to address," says Dr. John Frederickson, superintendent of Wicomico County public schools.

Wicomico County School District is making major strides to do so, but with so many variables, the task is not easy.

"It's really a difficult thing to ease out, it ranges greatly from class to class, building to building, and across our school system," says Dr. Frederickson. "It's so variable depending on a spectrum of issues."

Despite the difficulty, many changes are happening. Beginning in the fall, the school district implemented "Student Learning Objectives," in which teachers conduct a pre-test with their students, give their instruction, and then do a post-test. Afterwards, they break down the scores according to demographics.

"Each of them gains a full year of instruction and the kids at the bottom of the quartile get the chance to catch up," says Dr. Frederickson. "We get to see how one group is comparing with another group, and how are we making that gap smaller."

The school district has also increased their training for teachers to create more hands-on activities, projects, and break the students into smaller groups than they had before. They also have professional development coaches for every building, grade level, and subject level, along with specialists in reading and math.

"They get together and talk about what the teachers are doing, what worked, and what are the things that didn't work as well," says Dr. Frederickson.

The teachers then share what they learned on an electronic database called Moodle, which can store papers, lesson plans, and more. This way, if the teacher has a problem with a certain demographic or group of children, they can go on the site to figure out what worked well for other teachers. Dr. Frederickson says they have had Moodle for a few years, they are continuing to grow their use of it, which now has hundreds of lesson plans.

While a lot is happening inside the Wicomico County public schools, officials say, parents play a huge role in the success as well.

"Parents should work towards reading to their children every night, or making sure their child reads so they start to develop cognitive skills."

Dr. Frederickson says if a child has interests, in anything from art to sports, for parents to get them interested in education by linking what their child loves to constructive learning activities.

"Get engaged, if they express interest in anything, get them to the library and maybe get a book on it, or watch a video on it. A child may be more interested in reading something that's more interesting to them, so make it project-centered as opposed to reading the same thing over again."

For more on what the Wicomico County school district is doing, check out their website.

  • ContestsMore>>

  • Midway Speedway Giveaway

    Midway Speedway Giveaway

    Thursday, June 26 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-06-26 11:57:18 GMT
    Enter to win a Midway Speedway Four Person Park Pass This includes all day at the waterpark, four choice tickets (good for any ride or attraction) and a round of fire mountain golf. Rules No purchaseMore >>
    Enter to win a Midway Speedway Four Person Park Pass This includes all day at the waterpark, four choice tickets (good for any ride or attraction) and a round of fire mountain golf. Rules No purchaseMore >>
  • Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    The WMDT 47 Teachers Who Make a Difference Contest is Sponsored by Accurate Optical: "Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school." Each month weMore >>
    The WMDT 47 "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Sponsored by Accurate Optical Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school.More >>
  • Free Tuition Contest

    Free Tuition Contest

  • Local NewsDelmarva HeadlinesMore>>

  • VA To Hold Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday

    VA To Hold Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:56 AM EDT2014-07-30 11:56:57 GMT
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is giving shoppers a break on buying back-to-school supplies.    Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office says the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will begin Friday and run throughMore >>
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is giving shoppers a break on buying back-to-school supplies.    Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office says the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will begin Friday and run throughMore >>
  • Herd Control Achieved

    Herd Control Achieved

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-07-30 04:07:55 GMT
    BERLIN, Md.- Just about 20 years into its horse control program, the National Park Service on the Maryland side of Assateague Island, is claiming victory.More >>
    BERLIN, Md.- Just about 20 years into its horse control program, the National Park Service on the Maryland side of Assateague Island, is claiming victory.More >>
  • Kids Are Ready For The Pony Swim

    Kids Are Ready For The Pony Swim

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-07-30 04:07:23 GMT
    CHINCOTEAGUE, Va.- It's the 89th annual Pony Swim down on Chincoteague Island, but Saltwater cowboys aren't the only ones saddling up.More >>
    CHINCOTEAGUE, Va.- It's the 89th annual Pony Swim down on Chincoteague Island, but Saltwater cowboys aren't the only ones saddling up.More >>
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Homeless Sex Offenders

    Homeless Sex Offenders

    DELAWARE - Individuals featured in this slideshow are NOT wanted. They are sex offenders who have registered with Delaware State Police as homeless. These are public notifications.More >>
    DELAWARE - Individuals featured in this slideshow are NOT wanted. They are sex offenders who have registered with Delaware State Police as homeless. These are public notifications.More >>
  • One Of Wicomico Co.'s Most Wanted Arrested In PA

    One Of Wicomico Co.'s Most Wanted Arrested In PA

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:21:36 GMT
    WICOMICO CO., Md. - A man Police in Wicomico County have been searching for, for three years, has been apprehended. The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says on July 23rd, an Officer from the Mt. JewettMore >>
    WICOMICO CO., Md. - A man Police in Wicomico County have been searching for, for three years, has been apprehended.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WMDT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.