College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act of 2013

Background

In 2013, the Maryland General Assembly passed the College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act (CCRCCA). The Act includes the requirement that all students be assessed for college and career readiness in English and mathematics by the end of Grade 11, using one of several college and career readiness assessments. As part of the CCRCCA, students who do not meet the college and career ready (CCR) standard in English or mathematics by the end of Grade 11 must enroll in a transition course or other instructional opportunity in Grade 12. After completing the transition course or instructional opportunity, students must be reassessed by the end of Grade 12.

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has a longstanding goal of ensuring that our graduates leave MCPS prepared for credit-bearing coursework in postsecondary study and for living wage careers in a competitive global workforce. All MCPS high schools already provide instructional opportunities during the junior and senior years to help students transition to credit-bearing coursework in college and help them achieve college-ready scores on the SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER. Historically, more than 70 percent of MCPS students take the SAT and/or ACT by the end of Grade 11, with additional students taking the ACCUPLACER. Students then routinely receive instructional support during senior year before another test administration. This support might be a College Test Prep course, online modules such as Khan Academy, or other instructional supports that regularly embed preparation for college-readiness assessments as part of instruction. These existing practices, already in place in every MCPS high school, are the foundation for implementation of the CCRCCA. All schools are providing information to students and families to ensure they understand the best assessment to take by the end of the junior year, and if needed, how to enroll in transition courses or other instructional opportunities during senior year.

New for 2018–2019: SAT School Day will be administered in all high schools spring 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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In 2018–2019, all Grade 11 students in MCPS will take either the SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER. In effect since the 2017–2018 school year, SAT test is offered free of charge on the SAT School Day in all MCPS high schools. For students who opt not to take SAT on the SAT School Day, vouchers for national administrations of the ACT will be available. The scores listed below, set by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and used by Montgomery College, will be used as the benchmark for meeting the CCR standard:

                                           

Critical Reading/English/Language Arts  Mathematics 

SAT:  480* or higher          
or
ACT:  21 or higher
or
ACCUPLACER:  Reading 79 or above and Sentence Skills 90 or above**

SAT:  530* or higher
or
ACT:  21 or higher
or
ACCUPLACER:  Elementary Algebra 62 or above
and College Level Math 45 or above**

*Revised in 2017–2018 based on redesigned SAT.

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

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).
  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 the final course within a Career and Technology Education (CTE) program of study that leads to program completion.
  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 examination, 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

 

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

SAT:  480* 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:
3 or higher

International Baccalaureate (IB) English:  
4 or higher

 

SAT:  530* or higher

ACT:  21 or higher

ACCUPLACER**:
Elementary Algebra 62 or above
College Level Mathematics 45 or above

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

International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics:  
4 or higher

*Revised in 2017–2018 based on redesigned SAT.
** Interim scores being used by Montgomery College pending approval of college ready scores based on the redesigned ACCUPLACER.

OR

Career and Technology Education (CTE) external assessment that leads to a professional license or industry certification
Visit http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/info/CCRCCA/certifications-041217.pdffor specific programs. Students must complete CTE program to use this option for CCR.

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 members 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.”