MSD uses a variety of assessment tools to determine student achievement. In addition to these assessment tools, elementary, middle and high school teachers administer formative and summative assessments to see how well students are learning the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards (MDCCRS). Classroom assessments are used to measure student progress; to ensure students are meeting grade-level expectations; and mastering important skills. High school students also take final examinations.
MSD uses the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), a computerized, adaptive assessment, to determine a student's instructional level and academic growth in grades 2-12. MAP is aligned with the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards (MDCCRS). The results show a student's growth from year to year in the areas of Reading, Math, Language Usage, and Science, and guide teachers in providing more individualized instruction and support.
All students are required to participate in one or more state assessments as per the Maryland State Department of Education. Students at MSD will follow the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards (MDCCRS) and they will take the required state assessments near the end of the related course. High School students will receive a Maryland State Diploma or a Certificate of Completion at the end of their studies. MSD students will take all state testing required of Maryland public school students, in accordance with COMAR 13A.01.04 et seq. MSD will not administer out-of-state high stakes testing for out-of-state students.
Lisa Brinks, Ph.D.
Director of Assessment & Data