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Assessing College and Career Readiness

As required by the College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act of 2013 (SB 740), Maryland school systems must assess students in mathematics and English language arts and literacy by the end of 11th grade. Students who do not assess at college and career readiness levels are required to participate in additional support during their senior year and to reassess in the subjects where readiness was not evident.

Required Assessments

The HCPSS will be administering the MCAP English 10 and Algebra II assessments. A performance level of 4 or 5 on these assessments will mark a student as college and career ready and they will not be required to participate in additional support and reassessment during their senior year.

Other Assessment Options

A student can also use scores on other assessments to demonstrate college and career readiness. The approved options from the Maryland State Department of Education are listed below:

  • SAT
  • ACT
  • AP English Language Arts & Composition or AP English Literature & Composition
  • AP Calculus AB, Calculus BC, AP Statistics, or AP Computer Science
  • International Baccalaureate (not offered in the HCPSS)
  • Accuplacer
  • Dual Enrollment in a credit bearing college course
  • Cut scores on each assessment are set by the Maryland State Department of Education and will be posted when finalized.
  • 3.0 unweighted GPA at the end of Junior year

Frequently Asked Questions

Are these the assessments required for graduation?

No, see chart below for assessment requirements.

Assessment Score to meet CCR Requirement Scores to meet Graduation Requirement
English 10 Yes, score ≥ 750 Yes, score ≥725*
Algebra I No Yes, score ≥ 725*
Algebra II/td>

Yes, score ≥ 750 No
Government No Yes, score ≥ 394
Science (Biology/MISA) No Yes, participation only**

*725 is the graduation passing score for English 10 and Algebra 1 for students who entered 9th grade prior to the 2020-2021 school year. The score passing score will change to 750 for students who enter 9th grade in or after the 2020-2021 school year.

**Students have a participation requirement on the MISA assessment through the 2020-2021 school year. MSDE will establish a passing score for students who take the MISA in or after the 2021-2022 school year.

What are additional supports and reassessment?

Schools will provide students with additional course content or online modules during the student’s senior year. The student will also be reassessed using either an MCAP assessment or another assessment option.

How is “college and career ready” defined?

A student who can graduate from high school and successfully participate in a credit bearing course is considered college and career ready. The assessments listed above are predictors of how well a student would perform in a college credit bearing course after high school graduation.

Will the student’s college and career readiness be reported to colleges?

The college readiness determination will not be reported to colleges. A student may choose to share assessment results, such as SAT or ACT, as part of college applications.