Additionally, I would like the county-wide demographic breakdown for those same five years for students who are seen by reading specialists. Specifically, I would like to know out of the total students who receive instruction by reading specialists, the percentage that are African American, the percentage that are Asian, the percentage that are Caucasian, the percentage that are Hispanic, and the percentage that are of two or more races. Also, I would like to know out of the total students who receive instruction by reading specialists, the percentage that receive FARM assistance and the percentage that are English Language Learners.
Responsive to this request, under MPIA 2019-036 we indicated Reading Recovery was used in 16 elementary schools for the past five years:
Additionally, while no existing records track system-wide students receiving instruction by reading specialists, all students below grade-level in reading receive interventions by HCPSS certified reading specialists. Available counts of students per school who are one or more grade levels behind at the elementary and secondary levels can be found under MPIA 2019-029. Please note, for elementary school, the above/on/below data only goes back to the 2015-2016 school year due to the change in systems around that time. Our Language Arts staff indicate the school system is currently developing a data tool to monitor system-wide reading interventions, with expectations for implementation next year. Please note, under the MPIA process, and as advised in the Fourteenth Edition of the Maryland Public Information Act Manual created by Maryland’s Office of the Attorney General, an agency is only obligated to produce existing records and is not required to generate new data or summarize data. In order to extract demographic, FARMS and EL data on those students who are below grade-level from the HCPSS reporting system, a new query would have to be programmed. Per the MPIA GP § 4-205(c)(4)(iii), an agency is not required to program a new record if the type of data extraction requested is outside its normal course of business.