Montgomery County Council (MCC) enjoys calling out the academic gap among MCPS students. Their annual Office of Legislative oversight (OLO) report on MCPS is one of several opportunities they use to highlight deficiencies in MCPS' efforts to close the gap. However, the OLO report on MCPS is arguably only a restating of the data and reports MCPS provides. There is little to no effort by OLO to move beyond MCPS' reports on getting students past non-rigorous thresholds of achievement (above grade level students are not important if you are only measuring minimal grade level performance), or identify root causes, or suggest possible solutions.
MCC that their OLO reports on MCPS gap closure are not an effective use of tax payer
funds and they should adopt more rigorous
measurements of MCPS student progress.
Each child's education growth in a year should be the MCPS assessment standard. OLO should require MCPS to report on aggregate measures of education growth by school, grade, area of study and socioeconomic status. With each child serving as their own baseline, there is no opportunity to claim it's not MCPS fault if students are not meeting grade level thresholds because the children are starting so far behind and it requires MCPS to focus on every child's growth - even the ' GT kids who don't need help".
The Gifted and Talented Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, Inc. (GTAMC) is a volunteer organization that advocates for the instructional needs of gifted and talented and higher-achieving students in Montgomery County and serves as a resource on giftedness for parents, educators, and other interested parties in the community.