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The goal of the science program is for all students to achieve full scientific literacy through standards-aligned problem-based instruction. Students apply content knowledge through scientific and engineering practices to solve non-routine problems. For high school graduation, each student must earn a minimum of three credits in science courses that are aligned to the Maryland Science Standards (Next Generation Science Standards). In selecting courses to meet the 3-credit requirement, students should   seek a broad array of learning experiences that include experiences in each of the major disciplines of science (Earth/space, life, and physical science [physics and chemistry]). Recommended course sequences for students entering high school beginning in 2016 are shown in the following diagram. The varying pathways in the diagram are intended to represent options for students as they select core science courses.


On July 23, 2019, the Maryland State Board of Education approved a two-year continuation of the waiver for the HS MISA as a graduation requirement. COMAR now reads:

For all students taking the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment in the 2017—2018, 2018—2019, 2019—2020, and 2020—2021 school years, taking the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment will meet the graduation assessment requirement for science.