Improve Student Achievement and School, College, and Career Readiness in Maryland by 25% by the End of 2015
Children Entering Kindergarten Fully Ready
Middle School Math MSA Proficiency
Middle School Reading MSA Proficiency
Progress Towards Goal
Children Entering Kindergarten Fully Ready
Middle School MSA Proficiency
Degrees Awarded in Maryland
AP Exams Taken by Maryland Public School Students
Percentage of Adults with at Least an Associate's Degree
In-State Renewable Energy Generating Capacity (Actual and Projected)
Are We Meeting Our Goals?
When the O'Malley-Brown Administration took office in 2007, four out of ten Maryland kindergartners were entering school unprepared, only 60 percent of middle school students could pass their Math MSA, and Maryland's colleges were the 8th most expensive in the nation. As a result, the O'Malley-Brown Administration set a goal to improve student achievement and school, college, and career readiness in Maryland by 25 percent by the end of 2015. On average, we have achieved a 32.8 percent improvement from the 2005-06 school year, exceeding the 25 percent goal.
StateStat uses 11 different measures to track the progress being made in reaching our education goal, spanning the life of a student from pre-Kindergarten to college graduation, including progress on standardized tests, the number of students taking AP exams, and the number of Associate's and Bachelor's Degrees awarded in Maryland.
StateStat focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for many of these indicators, recognizing that a background in these fields can give students an edge in the workplace and contribute to Maryland's competitive advantage in the national and international economy. The number of STEM graduates in Maryland increased by 24.8 percent from 2006 through 2012, but the data from the 2012-13 school year has not been finalized yet. Our website will be updated when StateStat receives that data point.
Actions Taken Towards Goal
- The O'Malley-Brown Administration has increased investments in Maryland schools every year from $4.47 million in FY2007 to a proposed $6.12 million in FY2015. 48 cents of every General Fund dollar in Governor O'Malley's proposed FY2015 budget is invested in Maryland's schools and students.
- With $289 million in capital funds allocated to school construction in FY2015, the O'Malley-Brown Administration has invested a record $2.7 billion to replace temporary learning shacks with modern classrooms throughout our state.
- Maryland entered the 2103-14 school year with the #1 ranked public school system in the country for the fifth year in a row.
- Maryland was one of the first states to adopt the Common Core Standards to ensure our students receive a world-class education that prepares them to compete in the 21st century.
- In 2011, Maryland became the first state in the nation to require students to complete an environmental education program before graduating. The program focuses on increasing public awareness, concern, and knowledge about critical environmental issues.
- Maryland was the first state in the nation to set specific STEM education standards telling teachers not just what STEM is, but how to teach the subjects. The O'Malley-Brown Administration set a goal of increasing STEM college graduates by 40 percent by 2015. Through 2012, we are over halfway there with a 25 percent increase.
- In 2013, a record 85 percent of Maryland Seniors graduated high school---up 1.4 percentage points from 2012. During the same time, Maryland's dropout rate fell to a record low 9.4 percent. Graduation data is available by county and schools at MDReportCard.org.
- Maryland has led the nation in AP success for eight consecutive years, according to the 2014 Annual Report from the College Board.
- Alone among the 50 states, Maryland froze in-state tuition at state colleges and universities for years in a row and has held tuition increases to the lowest in the nation since 2007, according to the College Board.
- Read the 2013 delivery plan to achieve the State's education goal.
How Can I Get Involved?
- Learn how your child’s school is doing by visiting the Maryland Report Card.
- Visit the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education to learn what this coalition is doing for Maryland students and contribute.
- Access information on Maryland scholarships and grants for higher education.
- Learn about Maryland’s College Savings Plan.
- Use the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s college aid calculator to see if you are eligible for assistance.