Maryland is creating a world-class education system that prepares
all students for college and career success in the 21st century. To
achieve this, the State has adopted rigorous, internationally
benchmarked academic standards for English/Language Arts and Mathematics
- based on the Common Core Standards - and is implementing a new State
curriculum and next generation assessments aligned to those standards
called the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards.
Why Do We Need New Standards?
be prepared for the challenges of work and college, students must
graduate from high school equipped with the knowledge and skills to help
them succeed in today's knowledge-based global economy. Maryland has
led the nation in establishing strong academic standards and
accompanying curriculum, but to truly provide students with a
world-class education the State must continue to raise those standards
and improve achievement for all.
About the Common Core State Standards
College and Career-Ready Standards are based on the Common Core
Standards and provide a set of clear, high-quality academic expectations
in English/Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics that define the
knowledge and skills all students should master by the end of each grade
level. The goal is simple and important: keep students on track for
success in college and career. The standards were created through a
state-level initiative, coordinated by the National Governors
Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, in
collaboration with teachers, parents, higher education leaders, and
experts from across the country. To date, the Common Core has been
voluntarily adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. Maryland
adopted the Common Core in 2010 and in the years since has been
translating those standards into a challenging and engaging curriculum -
the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards.
The New Assessments
parallel effort also has been underway to develop a new assessment
system to measure the critical content and skills embedded in the
Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards. In spring 2010, Maryland
became a Governing State in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness
for College and Careers (PARCC), a consortium of 22 states working
together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English/Language
Arts and Mathematics anchored in what it takes to be ready for higher
education and the job market.