LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A report card released Tuesday for Maryland public school teachers reveals nearly three percent of those educators are rated ineffective, the Maryland State Department of Education says.

Evaluations completed for the 2013-14 school year show that 97 percent of teachers were rated either “highly effective” or “effective” in the state’s three-tiered rating system.

The majority of those teachers, about 56 percent, were rated effective, while 41 percent received the highly effective rating and almost three percent were found ineffective.

MSDE says schools in the highest quartile for poverty and minorities have more ineffective and fewer highly effective teachers than schools in the lowest quartile for poverty.

In the charts below, blue represents “highly effective” teachers, green is “effective” and red is “ineffective.” Click each image to enlarge.

(Chart Courtesy of Maryland State Dept. of Education)

(Chart Courtesy of Maryland State Dept. of Education)

(Chart Courtesy of Maryland State Dept. of Education)

(Chart Courtesy of Maryland State Dept. of Education)

Ratings also differ slightly by school grade.

(Chart Courtesy of Maryland State Dept. of Education)

(Chart Courtesy of Maryland State Dept. of Education)

More than 43,800 ratings were included in the report.

Evaluations were based on several factors including planning and preparation, instructional delivery, classroom environment, and professional responsibility – and student growth.

The dept. of education says the majority of evaluations came from the largest school systems, including Prince George’s County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County and Howard County.

“Twenty-two of Maryland’s 24 school systems participated in the first year of the Statewide Teacher and Principal Evaluation Program—those systems that signed on to the Rate to the Top program. Only Frederick and Montgomery counties did not participate in its first year. Those systems will be joining the program for the current school year, 2014-15,” the state’s dept. of education said in a press release Tuesday.

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