Common Core adoption has impacted Maryland much in the same way it has affected over 40 other states: tougher standards for students, and big changes for those who look after them. After adopting the CCSS in 2010, state-specific standards, known as the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards (MCCRS), were formulated in compliance with the CCSS.
In concert with this, Maryland devised the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) with an eye toward fair, rigorous, and accurate measurement of progress for all K-12 public school students. However, the era of MSA testing was short-lived and is coming to a close as new assessments in alignment with the MCCRS are preparing for rollout.
Working closely with the Maryland State Department of Education, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) created a suite of standardized tests for Maryland's students. The 2014-2015 school year saw the full rollout of the PARCC tests in Maryland, and the state is now full steam ahead with its latest battery of student assessments.
What do parents, students, teachers and administrators need to know about these tests? The five facts below might give you a bit of insight, along with a few surprises.