Information for Parents
The Maryland College and Career Ready Standards (or Common Core State Standards) are a set of shared (by 45 states), high-quality, internationally-benchmarked, researched-based, and clearly defined academic expectations and goals that specify the knowledge and skills that all students will need in preparation for college and career. Below are resources for parents, students, and educators.
Habits of College and Career Ready Students
Capacities of Literate Learners
1. Demonstrate independence
2. Build strong content knowledge
3. Respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline
4. Comprehend as well as critique
5. Value evidence
6. Use technology and digital media strategically and capably
7. Come to understand other perspectives and cultures
Maryland College and Career Ready Standards
- http://www.corestandards.org/read-the-standards/ - .
- http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/programs/ccss/ - MSDE description of Maryland's College and Career-Ready Standards
- http://www.msde.state.md.us/w/Top10MDCCRSParents.pdf - Top 10 Things Parents Need to Know about the Common Core
- http://vimeo.com/51933492 - A three minute video about the Common Core in three minutes
- http://www.engageny.org/resource/common-core-video-series - Videos that explain every key aspect of Common Core standards in depth
- http://www.engageny.org/parent-and-family-resources - A collection of materials and resources that will help parents and families
Students with Disabilities
- What do parents of students with disabilities need to know?
- What can we learn from the performance and compliance data for students with disabilities and the programs that serve them?
College and Career Ready
Students in Maryland Public Schools are now able to graduate with a College and Career Readiness Designation. As defined in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, students are College and Career Ready when they are prepared to succeed in credit-bearing postsecondary introductory general education courses or in an industry certification program without needing remediation. With this designation, students are exempt from remedial courses at reciprocating state institutions. Students can earn a diploma and graduate from high school without this designation.
Are you College and Career Ready?
If you have taken the PARCC English 10 Assessment and received a score of Level 4 or 5
If you have taken the SAT and received a score of 480+ or greater on the Reading and Writing (EBRW) section
If you have taken the AP English Language and Composition or AP English Literature and Composition and received an exam score of 3, 4, or 5
What if you haven’t achieved College and Career Readiness in ELA?
Concurrently enroll in any English 12 course and English CCR Prep in preparation for a required reassessment that may include PARCC English II (provided by the district), SAT (480+), Accuplacer (Reading 79+, Writing 6+, Sentence Skills 90+), ACT (21+ on English and Reading), or AP Test (scores of 3,4,or 5).
Admission and enrollment in a Maryland IHE’s appropriate ELA college credit bearing course. Pass the course with at least a C.
Complete a State approved Career and Technology Education (CTE) Program of Study and complete the Technical Skill Assessment recognized by MSDE leading to a license or an industry certification.
The PARCC Assessments
The PARCC assessments allow parents to engage in their child’s education. It is sometimes difficult for parents to measure whether or not their child is learning what s/he needs to know to succeed in the future. The new assessments will provide parents with more information about how their child is progressing in school.
These new assessments replace the former tests with new tasks that measure real world skills that colleges and employers say they value, such as critical thinking and problem solving.
- PARCC FAQs: See frequently asked questions about the PARCC assessment.
- PARCC Fact Sheet: Learn more about the PARCC assessment.
- PARCC Glossary: Learn the terms used to talk about the PARCC assessment.
- PARCC Overview PowerPoint: Examine an overview of the PARCC assessment, including a description of why the new assessments ensure our students are prepared for college and their careers.
- A New Vision of Assessment PPT: Learn how PARCC is different from current assessments. (Document version).
- Expanding Access — A Parent's Guide: Learn why the PARCC assessment accommodates all students.
The SAT Suite of Assessments
The SAT is a college admissions test that is published and administered by the College Board. Currently, Wicomico County administers this test to all enrolled juniors to help determine College and Career Readiness status.
To practice and to prepare for the assessment, there are several helpful resources, some of which are individualized and tailored to specific needs.
- College Board SAT: This site provides students with daily practice, practice tests, sample questions, and suggestions for starting a study group. https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice
- Khan Academy: This link connects users to the Khan Academy
- Naviance: Through this platform, students can receive individualized SAT practice as well as additional college and career information. For more information about this research based program visit