Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards

Dr. Bina smiles alongside 2014 male MSB graduateWelcome to the Maryland School for the Blind’s Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards information page.  This page will provide information and links to give a better understanding of the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards and what they mean for MSB students.

The Maryland College and Career Ready Standards establish what our students need to know at targeted intervals during their K-12 education.  Maryland’s College and Career-Ready Standards incorporate the Common Core State Standards and are built on high-quality academic expectations in English/Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics that define the knowledge and skills all students should master by the end of each grade level.

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. These rigorous education standards establish a set of shared goals and expectations for what students should understand and be able to do in grades K-12 in order to be prepared for success in college and the workplace. The standards are research and evidence based and internationally benchmarked.

For more information, please visit: CCSS

Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards form the foundation for Maryland’s NEW State Curriculum Framework.

Maryland Content Standards

Though the new Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards (MCCRS) cover English Language Arts, Mathematics and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects, Maryland has also previously developed standards for the following content areas. These standards define what students should know and be able to do at each grade level and align state standards and state assessments.

Content Standards

  • English Language Arts/Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Disciplinary Literacy
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Environmental Education
  • Fine Arts
  • Health
  • Personal Financial Literacy Education
  • Physical Education
  • School Library Media
  • STEM
  • Technology Education
  • Technology Literacy for Students
  • World Languages

For more information, please visit: MCCRS

MSB also incorporates the Baltimore County Public Schools Curriculum (BCPS), Unique Learning System (ULS), along with the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) into our various K-12 classrooms.

Baltimore County Public School Curriculum (BCPS)

The Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and is guided by a systemic teaching and learning framework that embeds a research-based set of components to instruction. The curriculum is grounded in a constructivist view of teaching and learning and is accessible to all students. The pedagogy inherent in the teaching and learning framework provides the foundation for the teacher effectiveness and evaluation processes.

For more information about the curriculum, please visit: BCPS

Expanded Core Curriculum

Learn more about the Expanded Core Curriculum at MSB

Unique Learning System (ULS)

Unique Learning System (ULS) is an online, interactive, standards-based curriculum specifically designed for students with special needs. Unique Learning System’s curriculum provides a way for special education instruction to include ALL students in the same activity, with different levels of expectation.  ULS uses instructional targets to bridge between standards and curriculum content for students with special needs. Instructional Targets are aligned to State Educational and Transition Standards. The curriculum addresses critical skills in reading, writing, math, science and social studies with embedded transitional outcomes.

For more information, please visit: ULS