Maryland saw a dramatic decrease in the number of its elementary schools that received the highest rating for academic progress under a tough new school ranking system, according to results the state released Tuesday.
Only 47 of the state's 892 elementary schools made it into "strand 1," the rung for schools that have made the most progress under the system, called the School Progress Index. That was down from 255 schools that met the criteria the year before, when the system was put into place. Schools are ranked on a scale of 1, the highest, to 5, the lowest.
Even schools from neighborhoods that promote them as the best in the state didn't make their way into the top ranking.
Schools such as Roland Park in Baltimore City, Rodgers Forge and Fifth District in Baltimore County, Clarksville and Centennial Lane in Howard County, Severna Park in Anne Arundel and North Harford in Harford County were labeled "strand 2" schools. Schools that might not always be considered top fliers — including New Town and Cromwell Valley in Baltimore County — earned "strand 1" status.