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Priority Schools

In 2016-2017 Maryland identified Priority Schools as those schools that were five percent of all the Title I schools that are the lowest performing schools and/or have graduation rates below 67 percent or are schools that receive Title I school improvement funds under Section 1003g (SIG). Priority schools analyze their needs assessment and develop intervention plans based on the Maryland Turnaround Principles model. The plans must include strategies for ensuring strong leadership, effective teachers and instruction, additional time for student learning, a safe school environment, family and community engagement, and strengthening the instructional programs. These Priority and SIG schools receive support from Title I and Maryland’s statewide system of support to improve the overall school performance and increase the graduation rate.