College and Career Readiness

​The Blueprint emphasizes access to a rigorous and meaningful education that readies students for success in college and careers through new curriculum standards and expanded access to Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities. The Maryland State Board of Education (MBOE) is developing a new college and career ready standard, with the goal of having students assessed and meeting the standard no later than the 10th grade.

The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future: College and Career Readiness report presents an update on the preparation for implementing Policy Area 3: College and Career Readiness, which reimagines what today’s students must know and be able to do by the end of the 10th grade. The Blueprint establishes what will be the standard that signifies a student is college and career ready.

View the College and Career Readiness: Roadmap to Implementation Report 

New Curricula Standards

MSDE will develop and expand curricular standards and resources for every subject at every grade level in core subjects to be used by local school systems. These resources shall include course syllabi, sample lesson plans, unit plans, and examples of student work that would meet standards for proficiency. MSDE will compile and organize these curricular units in a way that forms complete courses and outlines the sequence necessary for students to meet the college and career ready standard by the 10th grade. 

The Blueprint also directs the Board to establish a system of assessments to ensure that students are acquiring the knowledge contained in the curricular standards in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies/History.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Committee

The Blueprint establishes a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) Committee, which will be a unit within the Governor’s Workforce Development Board and will operate under the oversight of the AIB. This six-member committee, on which the State Superintendent serves, is charged with building a globally competitive CTE framework integrated into secondary and postsecondary institutions in the State; allocating roles and responsibilities to state agencies for credentialing students engaged in CTE programs; setting content qualification and recruitment standards for CTE instructors; monitoring the overall progress of CTE in the State; and deploying CTE expert review teams to schools in Maryland.