HCPSS MPIA Request #2022-035

Emily Williams
Howard Center for Investigative Journalism
Requested Information
We request the following records from your school district:
Records showing high school athletics participation numbers by gender and sport at high schools in your district for the following academic years: 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21.
Any Office for Civil Rights complaints related to secondary school sports and sex discrimination in your district from 2016-17 to present.
Any written or electronic correspondence between your district and the Office for Civil Rights related to the complaints described in item #2.
Evaluations, reports, lists and/or spreadsheets produced in relation to the complaint(s) in item #2.
Date Received
Response Notes

Responsive to this request, a Participation Summery by sport and gender within high schools is reported annually to the Board of Education and can be found at the following public links per year requested:

This report is produced in November for the prior school year, as such this same SY2020-2021 data has not yet been developed. Existing data on athletic participation for SY2020-2021 can be found in the report below to the Maryland State Department of Education.

Responsive to your remaining requests regarding Office for Civil Rights complaints related to secondary school sports and sex discrimination, no complaints or subsequent correspondence, evaluations, etc. exist for HCPSS during the timeframe requested.


Responsive Documents
HCPSS must protect against the potential disclosures of personally identifiable information about students as required by 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. 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 has suppressed the following from the responsive record: populations that fall below 10 for categories directly related to specific student records; and/or information that can reasonably identify an individual student or reveals information from an individual student’s record or could do so when combined with other publicly accessible data. 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.

*Some request language is summarized to include the requester's specific document requests and legally protected information (such as personally identifiable information of a student) or personal, defamatory and malicious content removed at the discretion of the school system.

**Responses containing legally protected information available only to the person of interest are omitted from the above report.

***Howard County Public Schools reserves the right to remove erroneous or outdated documents from this site.