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MARYLAND AND THE COMMON CORE


Maryland was one of the first States in the nation to adopt the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and reading/English Language Arts. In June 2010, the State Board adopted the standards by unanimous vote. These standards form the foundation for Maryland's new state curriculum.

 

Maryland launched a broad-based, year-long process to revise its curriculum to align with the new standards. Hundreds of classroom educators, instructional leaders, administrators, and higher education representatives helped State officials develop the new Maryland Common Core State Curriculum. The curriculum Framework, the foundation of the new curriculum, was presented to the State Board in June 2011, and the completed curriculum will be implemented in Maryland schools in the 2013-2014 school year.


 

Mary Cary, former Assistant Superintendent, Division of Instruction, explains the process of transitioning to Maryland's new curriculum. "We are bringing together approximately 6,000 educators from across Maryland to engage in professional development that will prepare them to make the transition to the new curriculum. Every school in the state brings a team that includes the principal, an English Language Arts/reading teacher, a math teacher, and a STEM teacher. Five members of each system's central office staff also participate."

 

WHAT IS THE COMMON CORE?

State education chiefs and governors in 48 states came together to develop the Common Core, a set of clear college- and career-ready standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. Today, 43 states have voluntarily adopted and are working to implement the standards, which are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to take credit bearing introductory courses in two- or four-year college programs or enter the workforce.


 

WHAT DO THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS MEAN FOR STUDENTS?

Today's students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are prepared for success after graduation, the Common Core establishes a set of clear, consistent guidelines for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level in math and English language arts.