School Improvement in Maryland

MD College and Career-Ready Standards

MD College and Career-Ready Standards

College and Career-Ready Standards and Frameworks

Units of Study aligned to the Standards

Schools across the State in 2013-14 have implemented Maryland's College and Career-Ready Standards. These standards incorporate the Common Core State Standards. Maryland was one of the first states to adopt the standards in English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics. The Maryland State Board of Education adopted the standards by unanimous vote in June 2010.

The Common Core State Standards initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governor's Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. These rigorous education standards establish a set of shared goals and expectations for what students should understand and be able to do in grades K-12 in order to be prepared for success in college and the workplace. The standards are research and evidence based and internationally benchmarked. They have been voluntarily adopted by a total of 45 states and the District of Columbia. Maryland calls these standards the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards. Maryland also added Pre-K standards.

The frameworks that follow are the result of this work. It is important to view these frameworks in color. The Common Core State Standards appear in black and the Essential Skills and Knowledge added by Maryland educators appear in red. These draft frameworks were introduced to teachers and administrators at the Educator Effectiveness Academies.

Common Core State Standards Initiative

Teaching and Learning the New College and Career-Ready Standards

English Language Arts



The Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Assessments: Preparing Our Graduates for the World that Awaits Them

Maryland College and Career Readiness Conferences

Educators Effectiveness Academies

Maryland Content Standards

Though the new Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards cover English Language Arts, Mathematics and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects, Maryland has also previously developed standards for the following content areas. These standards define what students should know and be able to do at each grade level and align state standards and state assessments. The standards documents are formatted so that each begins with content standards or broad, measurable statements about what students should know and be able to do. Indicator statements provide the next level of specificity and begin to narrow the focus for teachers. Finally, the objectives provide teachers with very clear information about what specific learning should occur.

In June 2013 the Maryland State Board of Education adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).