College and Career Ready Definitions

“College- and career-readiness includes mastery of rigorous content knowledge and the abilities to apply that knowledge through higher-order skills to demonstrate success in college and careers. This includes the ability to think critically and solve problems, communicate effectively, work collaboratively, and be self-directed in the learning process. More specifically, a student who is college- and career-ready should: be prepared to succeed in credit-bearing postsecondary introductory general education courses or in industry certification programs without needing remediation; be competent in the Skills for Success (SFS ) (includes learning, thinking, communication, technology, and interpersonal skills.); have identified potential career goal(s) and understand the steps to achieve them; and be skilled enough in communication to seek assistance as needed, including student financial assistance”


Maryland Department of Education. (2015). ESEA flexibility request. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from

Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Additional graduation rates (five or more years)
  • Student drop out rate
  • Performance in advanced course work, including AP or IB exams and dual enrollment course grades
  • Career preparedness performance, including earning credentials or certificates, performance on WorkKeys, and grades in career and technical education courses
  • Postsecondary enrollment
Source: Center for American Progress. (2016). Explore the Data for ‘Making the Grade’. Retrieved from
College and Career Ready Reporting Metrics
Report Card1
Maryland CTE Data2
EOC assessments1
SAT by subject matter1
PSAT by subject matter1
ACT by subject matter1
College and career ready1
College and career ready1
CTE enrollments2
CTE concentrators2
Number of concentrators by pathway2
Students reaching targeted level of skill attainment2
Students completing2
Students graduating2
Students entering postsecondary education or advanced training, military service, or employment within two quarters following graduation2
Work-based learning participation2
Career research and development2
CTE work experience
Service learning2
Attendance rate1
Absentee rate1
Promotion rate1
Three-year graduation rate1
Nationwide postsecondary enrollment1
12 months after high school1
16 months after high school1
24 months after high school1
1. Maryland State Department of Education. (2016). 2016 Maryland report card. Baltimore, MD: Author. Retrieved from
2. Maryland State Department of Education. (2016). 2016 Maryland report card. Baltimore, MD: Author. Retrieved from
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation Maryland allows students to earn dual credit through dual- enrollment coursework. Public postsecondary institutions are not required to accept these credits (Education Commission of the States, 2015).

Early College High School The Gateway to College National Network has partnered with an institution of higher education to provide one Early College High School as part of the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI). More information about schools participating in ECHSI is available at the ECHSI website (Jobs for the Future, n.d.).

Citations: Jobs for the Future. (n.d.). Schools. Retrieved from

National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium. (2013). Maryland [Interactive map of state career technical education profiles]. Retrieved from

Education Commission of the States. (2015). Dual enrollment – all state profiles. Retrieved from

Career Pathways

Maryland organizes its secondary CTE programs into 10 areas:

  • Arts, Media and Communication
  • Business Management and Finance
  • Construction and Development
  • Consumer Services, Hospitality and Tourism
  • Environmental, Agricultural and Natural Resources Systems
  • Health and Biosciences
  • Human Resource Services
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology
  • Transportation Technologies

Within these areas, Maryland implements programs of study aligned with the following 15 Career Clusters:

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  • Business, Management & Administration
  • Education & Training
  • Finance
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics


National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. (n.d.). Maryland [Interactive map of state CTE profiles]. Retrieved from

Career Exploration and Career Plans

In 2008, Maryland mandated that all students in Grades 9–12 have an Individual Academic and Career Plan (U.S. Department of Labor, 2013). Individual Academic and Career Plans should include ongoing assessment of students’ personal characteristics and positive traits, learning styles, abilities and motivation, and career aspirations. Students must begin developing their plan before the ninth grade and update it in subsequent years (Maryland State Department of Education, n.d.).


U.S. Department of Labor. (2013). Individualized learning plans across the U.S. Retrieved from

Maryland Division of State Documents. (n.d.). 13A.04.10.01: Requirement—Career development for instruction in grades prekindergarten–12. Retrieved from

Maryland State Department of Education (n.d.). Career development. Retrieved from

Alignment Between High School Graduation and State College Admission Requirements

High School and College Alignment


High School Graduation Requirements

College Admission Requirements

English Credits:



Mathematics Credits:

3.0 (including Algebra I and geometry)

3.0 (Algebra I, geometry Algebra II)

Social Studies Credits:

3.0 (United States history, world history, and local/state history)


Science Credits:

3.0 (including biology and two courses with laboratory experience from among earth science, life science, and/or physical science

3.0 (including two courses with laboratory experience)

Foreign Language Credits:

See Additional Credits


Arts Credits:


None Specified (N/S)

Additional Credits:

7.0 (including physical education [0.5]; health [0.5]; foreign language, American Sign Language, or advanced technology education [2.0]; and electives [3.0]; state-approved career and technology program [4.0]; and elective [1.0])


Total Credits:




Maryland High School Assessments

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®


Maryland State Department of Education

University System of Maryland Board of Regents





Early Warning Systems

Maryland’s state-specific Early Warning System has an unknown tool name. The level at which Early Warning System data are reported and who can access the data is not publicly available.


Maryland State Department of Education. (2011). Dropout prevention/school completion intervention/resource guide. Retrieved from