The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future has the central goal of ensuring that all Maryland students are college and career ready before graduation, thus signifying an ability to transition successfully to postsecondary coursework at a two- or four-year institution of higher education and/or to the workforce. Maryland is developing new college and career readiness standards, with goal of having students assessed and meeting the standards by the end of 10th grade.
Students meeting the college and career readiness standards will be prepared to succeed in multiple, rigorous college and career pathways at no cost to students. These pathways will enable students to develop in-depth knowledge of a subject area(s); earn post-secondary credits and/or in demand industry-recognized credentials; participate in registered apprenticeships that meet workforce needs and/or in rigorous college preparation programs.
All instruction and assessments in public schools will work toward this goal of preparing students to be ready for college and career. Each student in Maryland public schools, regardless of the student’s race, ethnicity, gender, zip code, socioeconomic status, abilities, or language spoken at home, will be supported to meet the college and career readiness standards before graduation.