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Frequently Asked Questions

In MCPS, what assessments will students take to determine college and career readiness in Grade 11?

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In 2017–2018, all Grade 11 students in MCPS will take either the SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER. Beginning in 2017–2018, MCPS will cover the cost of one SAT or ACT for each student. The scores listed below, set by the Maryland State Department of Education and used by Montgomery College, will be used as the benchmark for meeting the CCR standard:

Critical Reading/English/Language Arts

SAT: 500* or higher
or
ACT: 21 or higher or ACCUPLACER: Reading 79
or
above and Sentence Skills 90 or above


Mathematics

SAT: 500* or higher
or
ACT: 21 or higher
or

ACCUPLACER: Elementary Algebra 62 or above

and College Level Math 45 or above

* Interim scores being used by Montgomery College pending state approval of college ready scores based on the redesigned SAT.

 

What if a student does not meet the requirement by the end of Grade 11?

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As part of the CCRCCA, students who do not meet the CCR standard by the end of Grade 11 must enroll in a transition course or other instructional opportunity in Grade 12. After completing the transition opportunity, students must be reassessed by the end of Grade 12. Transition options in MCPS include the following options:

  1. Completing online instructional modules in preparation for reassessment (e.g., Khan Academy, MyFoundationsLab).
  2. Enrolling in a course within the student’s schedule, such as College Test Prep, Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) English and/or mathematics courses, or a Career and Technology Education (CTE) program that leads to an MSDE approved industry certification.
  3. Enrolling in the next English or mathematics course in sequence, with additional requirements that provide additional time and content in preparation for reassessment.
 

What are the reassessment options to determine college and career readiness in Grade 12?

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Reassessment does not require taking the same test again; it could be a different test, an AP or IB exam, career licensure or certification, or a summative assessment developed in partnership with and validated by Montgomery College. :

One of the following assessments may determine college and career readiness in Critical Reading/English/Language Arts

SAT: 500* or higher    

ACT: 21 or higher

ACCUPLACER:
Reading 79 or above
Sentence Skills 90 or above

Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Composition or AP Language and Literature: score of 3 or higher

Advanced Placement (AP)  Language and Literature: 3 or higher

International Baccalaureate (IB) English: 4 or higher

 

One of the following assessments may determine college and career readiness in Mathematics

SAT: 500* or higher

ACT: 21 or higher

ACCUPLACER:
Elementary Algebra 62 or above
College Level Math 45 or above

Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB or BC, or AP Statistics: score of 3 or higher

International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics: score of 4 or higher

* Interim scores being used by Montgomery College pending state approval of college ready scores based on the redesigned SAT.

OR


Career and Technology Education (CTE) external assessment
that leads to a professional license or industry certification
(For specific CTE programs that offer external licensures and certifications, please visit:
http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/career-readiness/index.aspx)

OR LOCAL AGREEMENTS WITH MONTGOMERY COLLEGE:


Summative writing assessment externally validated by Montgomery College;
OR
Grade of B or Higher in Modern World History (any level), AP Language and Composition, or Honors English 12

 

Summative mathematics assessment externally validated by Montgomery College  OR

Grade of B or Higher in Algebra II (any level)

How will students know what test to take and if transition coursework is needed?

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School counselors and staff will work closely with students to determine the best assessment to take in Grade 11, as well as transition course options and reassessment during Grade 12, if necessary.

How can parents/guardians receive more information about their child’s status and programming?

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Parents/guardians should contact their child’s school counselor or college and career information coordinator (CCIC) at your high school. More information also can be found at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org, search “CCRCCA.”

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