Maryland: College and Career Policies

State Board of Education has full authority to adopt educator evaluations.

Maryland updated the science standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.

As part of Maryland’s third wave of School Reform and aligned to Race to the Top (RTTT) grant application guidance (Section D), Maryland identifies “Great Teachers and Leaders” as a centerpiece of this agenda. Maryland’s Teacher Principal Evaluation (TPE) initiative is a professional development strategy with the explicit aim to enhance and support the cadre of educators in the State who make college and career readiness a reality for Maryland students. Twenty to thirty percent of this annual evaluation is based on student performance measures.

Maryland requires 3 credits of science courses to graduate.

The Maryland State Board of Education oversees the Maryland teacher certification process and dictates the requirements needed in order to become certified within the state.

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 reading, science, and math at grades 3 through 8.

In order to obtain a Maryland teaching license, an applicant must meet, but is not always limited to, the following requirements: must have at least a BA Degree, completed a teacher preparation program from an accredited institution, and received passing scores on required assessments. All state licenses accepted.

Maryland updated the history/social studies standards in 2010.

The Maryland State Department of Education creates the standards required for teacher preparation program approval.

Maine requires 3 credits of social studies to graduate.

Accreditation is not a condition of program approval. The State Superintendent's decisions are based on recommendations from the Program Approval and Assessment Branch .The Department shall approve standards that are performance based, reflect contemporary thinking, and are supported by research, best practice, and expert opinion. All Maryland-approved programs for teacher certification shall also include reading courses in early childhood, elementary, secondary, PreK—12, and generic special education (all levels) under COMAR 13A.12.01. 11A(5)(a)—(c)

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards.

Maryland has joined the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium and has adopted the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards. As a multi-state coalition of state departments of education, WIDA acts in collaboration to research, design and implement a standards-based educational system that promotes equitable educational opportunities for English language learners (ELLs).

Professional development hours are only required for those that are renewing a license that have not been teaching for the past 5 years.

Maryland has standards in 10 different content areas including English language arts, math, history/social studies, science, fine arts, health, physical education, world languages, English language proficiency, and technology education.

Maryland requires 4 credits of English to graduate.

Maryland has standards in 10 different content areas including English language arts, math, history/social studies, science, fine arts, health, physical education, world languages, English language proficiency, and technology education.

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 reading, science, and math at grades 3 through 8.

The State Board of Education has authority over the adoption of Career and Technical Education Standards.

Maryland requires additional course for graduation in: fine arts, health, physical education, technology and education, foreign language, and other unspecified electives.

Maryland updated the math standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Professional development hours are only required for those that are renewing a license that have not been teaching for the past 5 years.

Maryland requires 3 credits of math to graduate.

Maryland has performing arts standards in Dance, Music, and Theatre.

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 reading, science, and math at grades 3 through 8.

Maryland had visual arts standards.

Maryland has standards in 10 different content areas including English language arts, math, history/social studies, science, fine arts, health, physical education, world languages, English language proficiency, and technology education.

The Maryland State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments per Title 13a of Maryland state code.

Maryland has adopted 9 standards for professional development: content knowledge and quality teaching, research-based, collaboration, diverse learning needs, student learning environments, family involvement, data-driven, evaluation, and design and teacher learning.