School Improvement in Maryland

What Do Teachers Need To Know?

Teaching Maryland Standards

Understanding State Assessments

  • How does Maryland assess student learning? • MSAHSA
  • What do the assessments test? • MSAHSAMod-HSA
  • What do the assessments look like? • MSAHSA
  • How are the assessments scored? • MSAHSA

Analyzing Data Results

Welcome, Teachers

Lillian M. Lowery, Ed.D., Maryland State Superintendent of Schools

"Our teachers, our administrators, our parents, and our students are working together to move schools forward. Education is the cornerstone to Maryland's future, and I believe we're building a strong foundation for decades to come."

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Teacher Resources

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Item of the Week

Every week you'll find new sample questions to test your child’s readiness for the Maryland assessments.

Data Explorer

Use these multi-media tutorials to better understand your accountability data.

How MSDE Calculates Graduation Rate

How Dropout Rates are Calculated


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Core Learning Goals Toolkit



Algebra/Data Analysis



“I intend to work closely with educators and parents to make certain our next generation is ready for the world that awaits.”

—Lillian M. Lowery
Maryland State Superintendent