MSD uses a variety of assessment tools to measure student achievement and progress. In addition to these assessment tools, teachers administer formative and summative assessments to monitor how well students are learning the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards (MCCRS). 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 measure academic growth in grades 2-12. MAP is aligned with the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards (MCCRS). 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 mandated by the Maryland State Department of Education (COMAR 13A.01.04 et seq.). Instructions are driven by lessons designed according to the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards (MCCRS) and students will take the required state assessments near the end of the related course. The assessment results will determine whether the high school students will receive a Maryland State Diploma or a Certificate of Completion at the end of their studies.