Maryland: Achievement Matters Most
What is the State Curriculum (SC)?
The State Curriculum (SC) provides clear and detailed information about what Maryland students should know and be able to do at each grade level. All of Maryland’s 24 local school systems have included the SC as part of the local school system curriculum. For more information, go to: mdk12.org/instruction/curriculum/index.html.
What are the Benefits of the State Curriculum (SC)?
The SC ensures that no matter where a child attends school, he/she will be held to high expectations and will learn the same challenging skills as other students across Maryland. The SC:
- provides teachers with the content students must master to be successful on statewide assessments; and
- helps reduce the amount of time spent repeating and reviewing skills each school year.
The SC gives teachers a basic foundation to build lessons upon, leaving ample opportunity to go beyond the state standards.
What are Maryland’s Statewide Assessments?
Maryland statewide assessments are based on the SC. Maryland has assessments for the following grade levels:
- Maryland Model for School Readiness (MMSR) in kindergarten measures social and personal development; language and literacy; mathematical thinking; scientific thinking; social studies; the arts; and physical development. For more information go to Instruction - Early Education on MdK12.org.
- Maryland School Assessments (MSAs) cover math and reading from grades 3 through 8; and science in grades 5 and 8. For more information go to Assessments - Maryland School Assessments on MdK12.org.
- Maryland High School Assessments (HSAs) cover four core subject areas – algebra/data analysis, English, government, and biology. For more information, go to HSAexam.org.
The Maryland School Assessment (MSA) is a test of reading and math achievement that meets the testing requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The test is given each year in early March in reading and math at grades 3 through 8. Beginning in spring 2007, the MSA/Science will be field-tested in grades 5 and 8. Scores from the MSA and other state tests are posted on the Web at www.mdreportcard.org. The testing calendar is available as an Adobe PDF document. Sample test items are available on mdk12.org.
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