Measuring Maryland's Progress



The education data dashboards that follow include key indicators for primary and secondary education and for higher education.  The dashboards include information on education funding as well as performance data that can be used to assess whether funds are being spent effectively in pursuit of established objectives.  State goals for education include ensuring that students perform at or above grade level and ultimately graduate from high school, maintaining a workforce of high-quality educators, preserving the affordability and accessibility of higher education, and ensuring that students progress through college to earn degrees.


The primary and secondary education dashboards summarize statewide funding for local school systems and spending by the systems, student performance data, and information on teachers working in Maryland public schools.  Higher education dashboards display funding patterns for public institutions of higher education (including average annual growth in resident student tuition and fee rates), student progress data, and degree production at Maryland institutions.








Primary and Secondary Education – Kindergarten Through Grade 8 Outcomes


The 2014-2015 school year was the first year that all students in grades 3-8 and high school took the PARCC assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics.  It was also the first year all students entering public kindergarten took new kindergarten readiness assessment. The statewide results are displayed.  The new Maryland College and Career Ready Standards have raised the bar for all school age students.  The new assessments are more rigorous and test complex skills that were not measured on previous state tests.


January 2016

Primary and Secondary Education – High School Outcomes


Most students from the Class of 2013 passed the High School Assessments, but 10% instead completed “bridge” projects in order to earn high school diplomas.









December 2013

High School Dual Enrollment Participation Rates


Dually enrolled high school students receive credit towards their high school diploma and toward an associate’s degree. In spring 2016, dual enrollment participation rates were higher in western Maryland and lower in central Maryland, which has the most populous school districts.








December 2016

Public School Facilities in Baltimore City (Interactive Map)


Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) has the oldest school buildings in the State, with an average age of 41 years old. In response to the critical need for public school facility improvements in Baltimore City, Chapter 647 of 2013 (Baltimore City Public Schools Construction and Revitalization Act) established a new partnership among the State, Baltimore City, and BCPS to fund up to $1.1 billion in public school facility improvements through revenue bonds to be issued by the Maryland Stadium Authority.


The 10-year plan adopted by the Baltimore City board is referred to as the 21st Century Buildings Plan, which represents a significant investment in the BCPS system.  It calls for improvements to be made to 23 to 28 schools to be replaced or renovated. This map shows BCPS schools 21st Century Schools opening in the next two years and which facilities are closing, as well as other BCPS buildings.


December 2015


Higher Education – Student Progress Rates


Of the students who enrolled as first-time, full-time students at public four‑year institutions in fall 2009, 66.1% graduated in six years. This is an increase of 3.4 percentage points above the 2008 cohort and is the highest six-year graduation rate on record. The second-year retention rate for the 2014 cohort is 83.8%, a decrease of 1.3 percentage points compared to the 2013 cohort. While the retention rate for the 2014 cohort is less than it was for the 2013 cohort, the 2014 rate is the second highest rate in the last 20 years.


November 2016

Higher Education – Funding Four-year Public Institutions


State funding for four-year public institutions was relatively flat from fiscal 2010 through 2013 before increasing in fiscal 2014.  State funding for community colleges increased earlier, beginning in fiscal 2012, after flat funding in fiscal 2010 and 2011.


On a per student basis, total funding for four-year institutions followed the same trend as State funding.  Total funding per student for community colleges has decreased since fiscal 2010. 


Annual in-state tuition and fee increases at four-year public institutions peaked from fiscal 2003 to 2006 before a four-year tuition freeze was implemented at most of the institutions.  In-state tuition increases have been capped at 3% since fiscal 2011 at most institutions.


Since fiscal 2004, Maryland’s four-year public institutions have relied more heavily on tuition and fee revenue than State funding both in the aggregate and on a per-student basis.


December 2015

Higher Education – Community College Funding


Since fiscal 2009, Maryland’s 16 community colleges have increased their reliance on revenue from student tuition and fees and local support. However, the fiscal 2017 increase in State support for community colleges is the largest increase since fiscal 2008.












November  2016

Higher Education – Degree Production


The number of degrees of all types (except doctoral/professional) awarded by Maryland institutions of higher education has been growing steadily. The total number of associate degrees and certificates surpassed master’s degrees awarded in 2013, but the gap between the two has decreased in fiscal 2015.


Based on current trends, most of Maryland’s institutions are on track to meet the State’s goal that 55% of adults have attained at least an associate’s degree by 2025.


November 2016

State Aid to Public Schools


The majority of State aid benefiting local school systems is distributed inversely to local wealth.  As a result, counties with relatively low wealth per pupil receive relatively high amounts of State aid per pupil.







December 2016










This page revised June 9, 2017