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Middlesex Elementary to Host Title I Transfer Meeting

The Essex school is one of 10 eligible in Baltimore County for the 2011-12 school year.

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Baltimore County Public Schools plans to host an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at to discuss Title I transfer options for the upcoming school year.

As part of the transfer program, eligible students from participating schools can move to certain schools in their district. For example, participating students at Middlesex may transfer to either or elementary schools.

According to a news release, participating schools are identified based on student achievement data established by the Maryland State Department of Education in accordance with differentiated accountability guidelines. The transfer option is required as part of the 2001 federal No Child Left Behind Act.

According to Maryland State Department of Education figures, during the 2010-11 school year, 87 percent of fourth-graders and 82 percent of third- and fifth-graders tested at Middlesex scored at advanced or proficient level on reading tests as part of the Maryland School Assessment. On the math portion of the tests, 79 percent of third-graders, 77 percent of fourth-graders and 70 percent of fifth-graders scored at the same level.

During the informational meeting, parents will learn about the transfer option process, schools their children can transfer to, and student performance data at their child’s home school, as well as other information helpful to parents as they decide whether to participate in the transfer program.

According to a news release, the No Child Left Behind Act also requires that local school systems participating in the program offer transportation to all eligible students whose families choose to participate in the program. Federal funding allocated to the school system is reserved for this purpose.

The deadline for all transfer applications is Aug. 12. 

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