Maryland Common Core State Standards

Common Core State Curriculum

What do the Standards Mean for Parents?

  • With the Common Core State Standards, parents will know exactly what their children should learn by the end of each grade level.
  • Establishing clear expectations for students will better enable parents, teachers, and students to work together toward shared goals.
  • The Common Core shifts instructional intent from high school completion to college- and career-readiness for every student.
  • When the standards are fully implemented, parents will see that each grade covers fewer topics, but teaches content in much greater depth.
  • Over the next several years, curriculum and assessments will evolve to align with the Common Core.
  • With the Common Core, parents can be assured that their students are learning to the same high-quality standards as other students in Maryland and across the country.

Source: Maryland’s New Common Core State Standards and Parents


How will the Common Core Standards be implemented in Maryland?
Maryland adopted the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and mathematics in June 2010 as part of the State’s Third Wave of Reform. These internationally benchmarked standards are the overarching learning expectations that are guiding Maryland’s development of the new Maryland Common Core State Curriculum.

During the 2010-2011 school year, educators statewide worked to create the Maryland Common Core State Curriculum Frameworks in English/language arts and mathematics. This 600-page document defines the essential content and skills that students need to know and be able to do in order to meet the Common Core State Standards. The Frameworks are the foundation of Maryland’s new State Curriculum.

Development of the Online Curriculum Toolkit to support the Frameworks is currently underway. The Toolkit will provide teachers with a variety of resources to assist them in designing instructional programs that are aligned with the new curriculum and the new assessments, such as model lessons, model units, formative assessments, multi-media resources, intervention and enrichment modules, and online courses for students and educators.

During the 2011-2012 school year, teams of educators representing all Maryland local school systems participated in the development of model units and lessons in English/language arts and mathematics aligned to the Common Core State Standards. These model units and lessons were presented at [the 2012] Educator Effectiveness Academies in addition to instruction on using the Curriculum Toolkit.