Today, a new report out from the Harvard Kennedy School confirmed what we already know: Maryland students continue to lead the nation.
According to its report, Maryland led the country in the growth in student achievement between 1992 and 2011.
Maryland's economy is an Innovation Economy and we know that investments that improve the education of our children are investments that expand economic opportunities for our entire State. That's why even as we've made record spending cuts, we have chosen together to make record investments in public education and school construction.
We've made real progress together:
For the past four years in a row, Education Week has named Maryland's public schools #1 in the nation.
This year, we achieved the highest-ever MSA scores in elementary reading and math.
This year, we achieved the highest-ever middle school math scores.
Today, more than 76% of our middle school students score proficient in math--up from 39% in 2003.
Our high school students continue to lead the nation with the highest Advanced Placement Scores.
Working together, since 2007, we've closed the achievement gaps between African-American and white students by 23% and between Hispanic and white students by 38%.
Thank you to all of the educators, parents, administrators, support staff and faculty who work every day to help our children succeed and become the leaders of tomorrow.
And of course, a special thank you to all of our students who continue to make us proud!