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State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery serves on the Governing Board. Henry Johnson, Assistant State Superintendent, and Janet Bagsby, Chief of the Planning Branch in the Division of Accountability, Assessment and Data Systems at the Maryland State Department of Education, serve as the K-12 Leads for PARCC in Maryland. Dr. William Kirwan, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, serves on the PARCC Advisory Committee on College Readiness. Nancy Shapiro, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, coordinates PARCC-related postsecondary engagement activities in the state.
Maryland has been active in the American Diploma Project Network since 2005, aligning its standards with expectations of postsecondary education and employers. In August 2010, Maryland became one of twelve states to win the Race to the Top competition. The state adopted the Common Core State Standards in May 2010, and became a Governing State in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers in the spring of 2010. Leaders from Maryland’s K-12 and higher education communities were engaged in the development of PARCC’s proposal for common, next-generation assessments.
Twenty-five of Maryland’s public two- and four-year colleges and universities and four private colleges have committed to participate in PARCC, help develop the college-ready assessments, and, ultimately, use those assessments as one indicator of students’ readiness for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses. Together, these institutions educate over 72% of the freshman entering public colleges and universities in Maryland. See a full list of participating institutions here.