Project Updates

Metis Begins Audit of Baltimore County Magnet Schools

Metis Associates is pleased to announce its launch this May of a six-month audit of the Baltimore County Public Schools Magnet Programs. The district is seeking a comprehensive examination of the magnet program to ensure equity of access for all students and to promote up-to-date, high-quality programs.

Baltimore County offers more than 75 such programs in 29 schools, including 7 elementary, 7 middle, and 15 high schools. (In some large high schools, there are multiple magnet programs).

The audit will look at a variety of factors. It will assess the effectiveness of the system’s central administration, which staffs the programs, manages the application process, and conducts marketing. It will also look at equity of access in terms of admissions criteria as well as transportation and geographic issues. Finally, the audit will explore the effectiveness of magnet program implementation, which includes the level of interest in these programs on the part of students and families and the sufficiency of staffing and resources.

The Metis team, led by Metis Senior Research Associate Claire Aulicino, will conduct the audit from May through November 2013, using a mixed-method approach. Researchers will review program documentation; solicit input from stakeholders such as the district magnet team, staff, and principals; and analyze school- and student-level data. A significant component of the audit will be a series of 11 community forums that will be open to the general public so that a range of voices and opinions about the magnet programs can be taken into account.

Metis served as the external evaluator for Baltimore’s federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant from 2003 to 2007. That grant was used to create several middle- and high-school magnet programs that will be included in the current audit.

news archive - 2013

December 19, 2013
Kathleen Agaton Receives 2013 Making a Meaningful Difference Award

December 13, 2013
Metis and Eskolta Hold Forum on Measuring Success of Transfer Schools

October 22, 2013
Metis Paints School Mural on New York Cares Day

October 15, 2013
Metis to Present Results of Arts Education Studies at 2013 AEA Conference

October 15, 2013
Jing Zhu to Present Results of Drop-Out-Prevention Program at 2013 AEA Conference

August 22, 2013
The Magnet Compass Features an Interview with Metis’s Claire Aulicino

August 8, 2013
Fairfield County Community Foundation Puts Metis Research Results into Action

July 8, 2013
Metis Congratulates the Winners of New York State 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grants

June 21, 2013
Metis Begins Evaluation of Girl Scout Leadership Institute

May 9, 2013
Metis to Evaluate the PEP Foundation College Readiness Program

May 7, 2013
Metis Begins Audit of Baltimore County Magnet Schools

April 24, 2013
Metis to Evaluate New York City Race to the Top Initiative

April 4, 2013
Metis Staff to Present at AERA Conference April 30, 2013

April 4, 2013
Metis to Evaluate Boys & Girls Clubs of America Summer Program

March 5, 2013
Metis Evaluation Featured in National Striving Readers Report

February 28, 2013
Promise Neighborhoods Planning Grant Goes to Camden, New Jersey

January 10, 2013
Metis Begins an Evaluation Project with Palm Beach County Children’s Services

January 5, 2013
Ada Chau Receives Making a Meaningful Difference Award

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