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.