The State's Contribution: Common Core and the Accountability Program
Maryland's Adoption of the Common Core State Standards
Maryland adopted the Common Core State Standards in June 2010. The Common Core
State Standards are a set of standards that school systems use to develop
curriculum that teaches students the essential skills and knowledge they should
obtain by certain points in their academic career to successfully prepare them for college and/or a career. Visit The Common Core State Standards web site
for information about the standards and School Improvement in Maryland
to learn more about Maryland's implementation. BCPS embeds the Maryland Common Core Curriculum Frameworks into its own curriculum so that our students not only meet, but often exceed these standards.
Maryland's Accountability Program
Maryland requires that each public school define and meet annual measurable objectives, also known as AMOs or targets.
To establish AMOs, schools assess student acheivement with the goal of understanding where students meet, fail to meet, or exceed Maryland standards, including Maryland Common Core State Standards.
After reviewing assessment results, schools develop plans called "School Progress Plans" to address (or target) any areas where accelerated progress is needed
while continuing the progress in areas that are already meeting or exceeding the standards. This presentation developed by BCPS's Department of Research, Accountability, Assessment and Data Warehouse,
the office responsible for overseeing the assessment data and reporting for BCPS, provides an excellent overview of the Accountability Program and how it is used by our schools to foster continued progress
throughout the school year. You may also visit Maryland's Accountability Program web site
for more information.