HCPSS MPIA Request #2018-304

Requested Information
As an addendum to the request of another party #2018-279 regarding AP courses by high school, please provide on the same output spreadsheet the following. For each class listed for the present and two prior academic years, identify if the teacher of the class is fully certified by the state of Maryland or only conditionally certified. As the initial request points to equity of opportunity for the students by offering the courses in every school, giving every student an equitable opportunity for success is also measured by providing fully certified teachers to lead every course at every level (not just in AP but in every single course) in every classroom in every school. As we know from request #2018-226, not every teacher in our high schools is fully certified. Which AP courses are led by less than fully certified teachers?
Responsive Documents
While no existing reports contain both course schedules and teacher certification status, please find attached a report of SY2016-2017 and SY2017-2018 AP (per discussions to narrow to the last two school years) courses by high school which has been narrowed down to those where the teacher had a conditional certificate. Please note the data parameters contained in the attached chart. Under both the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), which restricts access to student records, and MPIA GP § 4-313, which prevents disclosure of school district records pertaining to individual students, HCPSS must protect against the potential disclosures of personally identifiable information about students. In accordance, HCPSS follows the Maryland State Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics’ guidelines for protecting student privacy in public reporting and suppresses the following from responsive records: counts that fall below 10; percentages that are less than or equal to 5, or greater than or equal to 95; categories directly related to specific student records; and/or information that, when combined with other publicly accessible data, can reasonably identify an individual student or reveals information from an individual student’s record. HCPSS has made substantial efforts to ensure the accuracy of this information; however, data collection and reporting is consistently subject to change. Please be mindful when comparing data as many variances can occur between reports based on date pulled, parameters used, categories included, etc.

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