Current Events

Virtual Support for School Leaders:

Informational Webinar Series
Learn best practices from a three-part informational webinar series on Continuity of Learning Virtual Support for School Leaders. 


Teacher and Principal Evaluation
COVID-19 Guidance 

Read guidance on student growth waivers, observing virtual instruction, and submitting 
teacher and principal evaluation data.

Curriculum Vetting Information
Read completed school system curriculum evaluation reports and which school systems' curricula are currently under review 
for 2020-2021.


Guiding for Evidence-Based Improvement

Selection of evidenced-based interventions is a collaborative process that is guided by data. Once a solution is selected that fits the school's context, an implementation process must be established to ensure interventions are implemented as intended.

Fostering Growth of Effective Leaders 

Targeted professional learning experiences coupled with leadership coaching can foster the growth of effective leaders. Leadership is grounded in the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders and guided by data. 

Our Work is Grounded in a Systems Framework

The Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement provides customized support to local school systems. 

The type of support provided is informed by data and grounded in a  the Four Domains of Rapid School Improvement framework.                                    

The Framework identifies essential practices for school improvement organized into four domains:  

Turnaround Leadership

Talent Development

Instructional Transformation

Culture Shift

Supporting Effective Evaluation Practices

The Office oversees the development and implementation of Maryland's teacher and principal evaluation system. The principal evaluation system is grounded in the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL). The teacher evaluation system is in the process of being revised. Training, guidance, and resources are provided to local school systems to support effective evaluation practices.

The Office provides customized professional learning experiences to local school systems informed by data and grounded in effective practices in leadership development and school improvement. 


Develop a data-informed culture using formative and summative measures, protocols, and other resources at the school or central office level.  

Four Domains of Rapid School Improvement Indicators

Quick Links

How does Maryland identify schools for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) or Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI)? What support is provided?

Maryland's ESSA Consolidated Plan January 2018

For questions and resources on Teacher Principal Evaluation, Curriculum Vetting, Leadership Coaching, Data Analysis, Professional Learning and more!

Office of Leadership Development & School Improvement

Stay current on policy, programs, research, and find out about opportunities for districts, schools, and educators.

Maryland State Department of Education

Leading with
Data 101