Blueprint for Maryland’s Future – Accountability & Implementation Board

Last Updated: 03/12/2024

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Overview

In February 2021, the state of Maryland created the Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB). The goal of the cross-agency Board was to develop a comprehensive implementation plan for the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, set in motion by state law to create a world-class education system in Maryland by setting standards and investing additional money in public education systems each year.

The AIB is responsible for creating a Comprehensive Implementation Plan to guide State and local entities in implementing the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future and achieving the intended outcomes. The AIB adopted the Initial Blueprint Comprehensive Implementation Plan on December 1, 2022.

The plan includes a timeline with annual milestones for implementing the Blueprint law. It creates guidelines for State and local agencies to follow in developing and submitting their own Blueprint implementation plans. The plan also incorporates input from the public, interested stakeholders, and key entities charged with implementing the Blueprint law, including:

  • State Board of Education and the Maryland State Department of Education
  • Governor’s Workforce Development Board and the Career and Technical Education Committee
  • Maryland Higher Education Commission
  • Higher education institutions, including community colleges and universities
  • Local education agencies and boards of education
  • Juvenile Services Education Board
  • Teacher preparation programs
  • Local workforce development boards

These agencies are also responsible for creating their own Blueprint implementation plans that are aligned with the Comprehensive Plan. The Blueprint Implementation Plans were required to be submitted to AIB by March 15, 2023, for review and approval 

The sweeping education policy is based on the recommendations made by the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education often called the Kirwan Commission after its chair, Brit Kirwan, former professor and Chancellor of the University System of Maryland.

The Blueprint has five policy areas that are also known as pillars:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • High-Quality and Diverse Teachers and Leaders
  • College and Career Readiness
  • More Resources for Students to Be Successful
  • Governance and Accountability

The state has committed to investing $3.8 billion in education each year over the course of 10 years. While the funding is prepared to help improve the quality of education, it will be used to expand programs and resources, not for building repairs or maintenance systems.

The 2023 school year is the first year that schools across Maryland had access to the Blueprint funding. Examples of ways K-12 school districts are spending new monies:

  • Offering more students the option to take dual enrollment and advanced placement courses.
  • Offering a salary bonus such as $10,000 each to teachers with a national board certification.
  • Offering more families full-day Pre-Kindergarten,
  • Expanding community schools across the state.
  • Making community schools mobile and providing wrap-around resources to the community (e.g., tutoring services, places where parents and family members can go and build their resume up for jobs, dental consultation, visits, medical consultation visits)

This large-scale blueprint for change and cross-sector approach via state policy are examples of a learn-and-work ecosystem transformation effort at the state level.

Resources

Plans - https://aib.maryland.gov/Pages/Blueprint-plans.aspx

AIB Comprehensive Plan

Development of the AIB Plan​Pillar 1: Early Childhood Education

Pillar 2: High-Quality and Diverse Teachers and Leaders

Pillar 3: College and Career Readiness 

Pillar 4: More Resources for Students to be Successful

Pillar 5: Governance and Accountability

MSDE Blueprint Implementation Plan

LEA Blueprint Implementation Plans 

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