Improve Student Achievement and School, College, and Career Readiness in Maryland by 25% by the End of 2015

Overall Progress

34.1 %
On Track

Children Entering Kindergarten Fully Ready

2013-2014
83.0%
2005-2006
60.0%
38.3% Increase

Number of AP Exams Taken with a Score of 3 or Higher

2012-2013
65,460
2005-2006
41,812
56.6% Increase

Number of STEM College and Graduate Degrees Awarded in MD

2012-2013
13,082
2005-2006
9,544
37.1% Increase
This site was last updated on March 27th, 2014.

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

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In-State Renewable Energy Generating Capacity (Actual and Projected)

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 34.1 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. With the continuing development of new IT and cybersecurity programs, the number of STEM graduates in Maryland has increased by 37.1 percent since 2006.

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  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. 
  • 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 2013, we are nearly there with a 37.1 percent increase so far.
  • 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. 

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