Student achievement, graduation rate, and postsecondary enrollment data for Maryland students, especially for underserved student populations, signal the need to rethink how we prepare our students to succeed in and through college and in their careers. Currently, a student meets the interim College and Career Readiness (CCR) standard if they meet or exceed the standards in both English and math. Through our engagement, we identified guiding principles for the implementation of a new CCR system grounded in moving beyond using standardized test scores as the only measure of readiness, equitable access to post-CCR pathways, and pathways that enable students to explore elective enrichment and academic opportunities.
CCR Research Studies
MSDE commissioned two research studies to determine the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in an entry-level college course. Both studies explore alternative methods of demonstrating readiness, such as GPA and course completion.
MSDE partnered with the Maryland Assessment Research Center (MARC) at the University of Maryland to complete a short-term quantitative study to explore the relationship between high school state and national standardized tests, and other potential predictors of success (such as course grades), and success in postsecondary coursework and/or workforce outcomes.
Long Term Study
MSDE has partnered with American Institutes for Research to perform a deep content analysis to determine the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the first year at a community college or 4-year college or university in Maryland. The preliminary report findings support that adding an alternative way to meet the CCR standard with high school GPA increased the percentage of students who meet the CCR standard from 40% to 64% and improved accuracy rates in determining college ready or not college ready from 65% t0 75%.
As specified in the Blueprint, American Institutes for Research will submit their final research report to the Governor, the Maryland General Assembly, the Accountability & Implementation Board, and the Maryland State Board & Department of Education on or before September 1, 2023.