Introducing Maryland’s Strategic Plan to Transform Education

The Maryland State Board of Education and Maryland State Department of Education have developed a multiyear Strategic Plan composed of three phases leading up to June 2023. The Strategic Plan anchors the vision, mission, values, priorities, enablers, goals, metrics, and flagship programs, initiatives, and strategies to realize the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future promise of an excellent and equitable education for every student.


Our Mission and Vision

Our mission is to ensure a rigorous and world-class educational experience for every Maryland student, in every neighborhood, that prepares each to be college and career ready, through strategic direction and leadership; policy making and resource allocation; and engagement and advocacy.

We envision Maryland as a system of world-class schools where students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for success in college, career, and life.

Our Values

We will take responsibility for our commitments and maintain open, transparent, and responsive communication on academic, operational, and financial policies and outcomes.

We will partner and engage with diverse stakeholders and decision makers in the design, implementation, and evaluation of our policies, programs, and actions.

We will do whatever it takes to eliminate barriers to success and provide the necessary resources and supports to ensure that every Maryland student achieves at the highest level.

We will ensure a rigorous and engaging educational environment for all students defined by high expectations, research-based instructional practices, and highly effective, culturally responsive educators.

We will pursue best-in-class outcomes through bold, impactful actions to ensure that every student has the tools, resources, supports, and opportunities they need to thrive.

“We are committed to moving with urgency to actualize the bold, transformative change our students deserve.”

Clarence C. Crawford, Maryland State Board of Education President

Strategic Plan Timeline of Phases

The Maryland State Board of Education and the Maryland State Department of Education envisioned the
development and release of the Strategic Plan in three phases that spanned from October 2022 to June 2023.

Illustration of checklist and pencil for Phase 1

October 2022
Release Mission, Vision, Values, Priorities and Enablers

Extending from November 2021 to October 2022, this phase focused on gaining initial input from a wide range of stakeholders representing the diversity of the state. Through multiple methods, from a statewide survey to roundtables and listening sessions, to the State Superintendent shadowing students in schools throughout the state, we learned what mattered most to our communities to transform public education in Maryland. The feedback we received helped shape the Strategic Plan’s foundational elements, specifically the vision, mission, values, priorities, and enablers.

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Illustration of archery arrow hitting center of target for Phase 2

February 2023
Release Goals and Metrics

Between October 2022 and February 2023, the Maryland State Board and Department of Education continued to engage with our communities to refine the Phase 1 elements of the Strategic Plan, and develop the goals and metrics linked to each of the priorities and enablers outlined in Phase 1. Engagement took the form of regional data walks with stakeholders, ongoing student shadows, and a new series of roundtables and community events. The goals and metrics released in this phase provide insight on our direction as we moved into Phase 3.

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June 2023
Release Targets* and Identify Flagship Programs, Initiatives, and Strategies

Between February and June 2023, we engaged with stakeholders using previous methods and planning charettes to identify flagship programs, initiatives, and strategies, as well as set targets* to achieve the goals developed in Phase 2. This work was informed by best-in-class research and involved in-depth conversations with education experts, practitioners, and decision makers from early childhood to K-12 education and from the business community to institutions of higher education. The complete Strategic Plan, released in June 2023, anchors the vision, mission, values, priorities, enablers, goals, metrics, targets*, and the flagship programs, initiatives, and strategies to the Blueprint’s promise of an excellent and equitable education for every child.

*Final targets will be released by late Fall 2023 using the Spring 2023 Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program results

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Presentation Spotlight:


Ready to Read Charette – Ijamsville, MD

The Maryland State Board of Education and Maryland State Department of Education hosted an in person Strategic Planning Charette with Frederick, Washington, Carroll, Howard, and Montgomery County Public Schools. This charette focused on the Ready to Read strategic plan priority and provided an opportunity for district staff, principals, educators, and community partners to provide input on the flagship programs, strategies and initiatives that will accelerate students’ reading readiness. Stakeholders learned about the Strategic Plan phases and engaged in collaborative planning that incorporated their expertise and ideas, enabling participants to become mutual authors of the plan.


Strategic Plan Engagement Report

The Engagement Report describes the journey to engage Maryland’s diverse stakeholders as mutual authors of the strategic plan. Unprecedented and innovative engagement methods were used to gain stakeholder input on each of the three phases of the strategic planning process. The key takeaways of each method are outlined in detail in the Engagement Report. This report is a companion piece to the Strategic Plan guidebook, and they should be read together for an in-depth understanding of the plan’s content and how it originated.

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