Bridge to Excellence Master Plan

Overview
In 2002, the Maryland General Assembly enacted the Bridge to Excellence in Public Schools Act. This legislation provided a powerful framework for school systems to increase student achievement for all students and to close the achievement gap. The Bridge to Excellence legislation significantly increased State Aid to public education and required each Maryland school system to develop a comprehensive Master Plan, to be updated annually, which links school finance directly and centrally to decisions about improving student learning. By design, the legislation requires school systems to integrate State, federal, and local funding and initiatives into the Master Plan. Under Bridge to Excellence, academic programming and fiscal alignment are carefully monitored by the Master Plan review process.

Dr. Bonnie Ennis
Supervisor of School Improvement, Accountability, and Strategic Planning
bennis@wcboe.org