Top 10 Things Parents Need to Know About Testing in Maryland

Last Updated on Jan 11, 2014 at 10:17am |

This school year, Maryland implemented new, higher standards for student learning in all schools 
across the State. The Maryland College and Career Ready Standards are based on the Common Core 
State Standards, which have been adopted by Maryland and over 40 other states, and provide students 
with the relevant, real world knowledge and skills needed for success in college and careers. In order 
to measure student mastery of the new standards, next year Maryland will implement new statewide 
tests – the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments – 
which will replace the current statewide tests, the Maryland School Assessment (MSA). The MSA in 
reading/English Language Arts (ELA) and math will be given for the last time this spring and, as we 
begin the transition to the PARCC assessments, the Maryland State Department of Education has 
compiled a list of the ten most important things parents need to know about testing. Click the link below to view.