HCPSS MPIA Request #2022-148

Chris Peak
Requested Information
Under the Maryland Public Information Act, I am seeking the following records from Howard County Public School System:

1. Any financial records, such as an income-and-expense statement, that detail every transaction since July 1, 2012, related to payments for the following entities:
a. Heinemann (sometimes also referred to as Greenwood Publishing Group)
b. Literacy Collaborative
c. Fountas & Pinnell LLC
d. Gay Su Pinnell LLC
e. Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (sometimes also abbreviated as TCRWP)
f. Reading & Writing Project Network LLC
g. Lucy Calkins LLC

2. Any district evaluations about schools’ use of products created by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell (such as Fountas & Pinnell Classroom, Leveled Literacy Intervention or Benchmark Assessment System) or by Lucy Calkins (such as the Units of Study or TCRWP Classroom Libraries). These reports may include employee or parent surveys, test-score or other data analysis, or academic literature reviews.
Date Received
Response Notes

Responsive to this request, please find below payment information for Heinemann by fiscal year. Please note, FY17 is the extent of data available from the current payment system used by the school system. No other suppliers in the list requested had transactions during this timeframe. For the portion of your request seeking evaluations of products, our English Language Arts staff is not able to recall any formal reviews done by the school system, For reference, a recent Strategic Plan presented by that office to the Board of Education outlines the current language arts program and includes strategies to assess and monitor student reading progress: https://go.boarddocs.com/mabe/hcpssmd/Board.nsf/files/CBPRGK6C866F/$file/02%2024%202022%20English%20Language%20Arts%20Strategic%20Plan%20BR.pdf. Prior year plans showing the changes/progression over the years, include from 2019: https://go.boarddocs.com/mabe/hcpssmd/Board.nsf/files/BC7TMN5196FE/$file/05%2021%202019%20PreK-12%20Reading%20LA%20Program%20Overview%20Report%20BR.pdf and
2016: https://go.boarddocs.com/mabe/hcpssmd/Board.nsf/files/AFLJFD4CDFF1/$file/11%2017%202016%20Vision%20for%20Prek-12%20Language%20Arts%20BR.pdf. Per further clarification you were seeking any documents explaining the rationale for moving away from Fountas & Pinnell’s Benchmark Assessment System as a tool for monitoring students’ reading progress, no such record exists.

Responsive Documents

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