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Resources for Families and Community Stakeholders

About the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards – These resources describe Howard County’s plan for implementing the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards and corresponding PARCC assessments.

Maryland State Department of Education’s Top 10 Things Parents Need to Know about the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards – This resource addresses the facts related to implementation of the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards and PARCC assessments.

Click here to view Governor Martin O’Malley and Maryland Schools Superintendent Lillian Lowery talking about the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards as students head back to the classroom (Included: the Top 10 Things parents need to know about Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards).

National PTA’s Parents’ Guides to Student Success (Spanish version is available.)

Common Core Implementation Videos – These videos are designed to help parents and families understand the true essence of the Standards – why changes are important, what will be different in the educational experiences of their children, and how shared expectations-between parents and teachers-can help support children’s learning

Note: MSDE language translations for these and other documents are available.

Additional Information

HCPSS – What Your Child Will Learn Guides – These guides provide the curriculum standards for each grade level or course and suggestions for how parents and families can help students at home.

A Parent’s Guide: Maryland’s Plan for Pre-kindergarten – Grade 12 (MSDE) (PDF)

Maryland’s 24 school systems have made great strides in improving public education from pre-kindergarten through high school to ensure children are getting a high-quality education. This guide provides information and online links, including:

  • Maryland’s state testing and reporting processes.
  • Programs available to support student achievement.
  • Ways parents can be involved with their child’s education.
  • Help for children with disabilities and special needs.
  • Programs to help plan for a child’s future.

LearnZillion – Are you looking for free online resources to help support your child at home or just a refresher of the concepts she or he is learning in school? Explore these excellent teacher-crafted resources for grades 2-12 (K-1 coming soon), designed to help support understanding of the Common Core Standards for Mathematics (and English Language Arts).

Note: MSDE language translations for these and other documents are available.