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Local school systems (LSS) submit a detailed Service-Learning Implementation Plan to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) every four years for approval by the State Superintendent of Schools.  A panel of stakeholders (students, teachers, administrators, community based organization representatives, MSDE and other government agency staff, etc.) review the documents and provide feedback to the local superintendents on the strengths of the program and potential areas of challenge.

These LSS Service-Learning Implementation Plans include information on how systems plan to monitor and evaluate the quality of service-learning projects carried out by its students. MSDE resources designed for use by local school systems to help them conduct self assessments of their program, and evaluate the quality of individual projects, are featured below.

Maryland’s 7 Best Practices Evaluation Tool
How effective is your service-learning project? How can you improve your project for next time?


Rubric for Assessing the Use of Maryland’s Seven Best Practices of Service-Learning

Next Steps: A School District's Guide to the Essential Elements of Service-Learning
Next Steps was originally developed by school district administrators to help them evaluate and improve service-learning using a consistent set of standards. Maryland educators used and improved this tool for over two years, and a national work group revised it for national use.

Rubric for Assessing the Quality of School Service-Learning Leadership
How effective is your school at implementing service-learning? How can your school’s service-learning leadership improve the implementation and support of service-learning?

Rubric for Assessing the Quality of LEA Service-Learning Leadership 
How effectively is your local school system implementing service-learning? How can your local school system improve the implementation and support of service-learning?