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State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery serves on the Governing Board. Henry Johnson, Assistant State Superintendent, and Janet Bagsby, Chief of the Planning Branch in the Division of Accountability, Assessment and Data Systems at the Maryland State Department of Education, serve as the K-12 Leads for PARCC in Maryland. Dr. William Kirwan, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, serves on the PARCC Advisory Committee on College Readiness. Nancy Shapiro, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, coordinates PARCC-related postsecondary engagement activities in the state.

Maryland Commitment to Higher Standards

Maryland has been active in the American Diploma Project Network since 2005, aligning its standards with expectations of postsecondary education and employers. In August 2010, Maryland became one of twelve states to win the Race to the Top competition. The state adopted the Common Core State Standards in May 2010, and became a Governing State in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers in the spring of 2010.  Leaders from Maryland’s K-12 and higher education communities were engaged in the development of PARCC’s proposal for common, next-generation assessments.

Postsecondary Commitment to College and Career Readiness

The PARCC assessment measures real world skills that colleges value, like critical thinking and problem solving. That’s why all of Maryland’s public two- and four-year colleges and universities have committed to participate in PARCC. They helped develop the assessments to ensure that it measures college readiness.

Maryland’s college and universities will use those assessments as one of the indicators of a student’s readiness for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses – and because these institutions educate every freshman entering public colleges and universities in Maryland, we’re ensuring that our students succeed.

See a full list of participating institutions here.

Maryland State Resources

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