June 15, 2023
Maryland’s education system plays a critical role in shaping the state’s economic competitiveness, workforce and policy priorities. Understanding where Maryland stands when it comes to indicators around education can be helpful to businesses, policymakers and educators alike, helping to identify where improvements are needed to make Maryland more competitive.
As you will see in the data, Maryland ranks as having some of the highest per pupil spending in the nation, yet ranks as having some of the worst performance when it comes to assessment scores. Additionally, while the state currently boasts a highly educated workforce, Maryland ranks 45th for attracting college-bound students, which signals trouble for Maryland businesses who already face difficulties in finding qualified, skilled workers to fill available jobs.
We must work together to change this narrative to ensure Maryland’s educational system is efficient, competitive and adept at creating a highly skilled workforce. Otherwise, we will continue to lose highly educated workers to other states, and our businesses will struggle to find qualified, skilled workers for available jobs, all leading to challenges for our state’s economy.
Economic Indicator Spotlight: Examining Education in Maryland
Here’s what the data indicates:
Maryland ranks as having some of the highest per pupil spending in the nation.
Despite the high spending, Maryland ranks poorly when it comes to educational assessment scores.
Maryland currently boasts a highly educated workforce.
However, the state struggles to attract college-bound students.
Why it matters:
While the state currently boasts a highly educated and skilled workforce, businesses in Maryland have difficulties finding qualified, skilled workers to fill available jobs. Unfortunately, data regarding Maryland’s educational spending, assessment and ability to attract college-bound students paints an even more challenging environment ahead. Despite significant investments in education, Maryland’s educational assessment scores are ranked as some of the worst in the nation, and the state’s educational and business landscape is not competitive enough to be attractive to college-bound students.
These indicators highlight the need for collaborative efforts between policymakers and educational leaders to identify strategies that improve the efficiency and quality of Maryland’s education system. By doing so, Maryland can enhance opportunities for its students and foster a skilled, highly competitive workforce that will attract businesses and drive economic growth.