High School Program Completion


High School Program Completion reflects the percentage of students obtaining diplomas and certificates as well as those completing a rigorous course of study. Additional information is provided in the definitions below.


High School Program Completion: Diplomas and Certificates

Diplomas and Certificates reflect students who complete a program of study at the secondary level and satisfy the graduation requirements for a Maryland High School Diploma or a Maryland High School Certificate of Program Completion. This includes any student receiving a diploma as a result of the completion of a State-approved regular or alternative secondary school, and any student with a disability who cannot meet the requirements for a diploma and is awarded a Maryland High School Certificate of Program Completion. This does not include any student leaving school and completing a GED or other State-approved high school equivalency program.

The denominator is the number of graduates from the regular school year as well as any graduates that complete their program of study in the summer that follows.

High School Program Completion: Course of Study

Course of Study reflects the percentage of students completing a rigorous course of study.

University of Maryland - The number and percentage of graduates who completed course requirements that would qualify them for admission to the University System of Maryland.

Career and Technology - The number and percentage of graduates who completed an approved Career and Technology Education program.

Both University and Career/Technology - The number and percentage of graduates who met both of the above requirements.

Rigorous High School Program - The percentage of graduates who mastered 4 of the 6 performance indicators:

  • Two or more credits in the same foreign language with a grade of B or better;
  • One or more credits in mathematics courses at a level higher than Algebra II and Geometry with a grade of B or better;
  • Four credits of science with a grade of B or better;
  • Two or more credits of approved advanced technology education with a grade of B or better;
  • A score of 1,000 or higher on SAT-1 or a score of 20 or higher on ACT, or both; and
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Course requirements for the admissions standards are set by the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland. Ensuring the acceptability of each local system's courses by the University System of Maryland is the responsibility of the individual school systems.

A list of approved Career and Technology Education programs is available from the Division of Career and Technology Education, MSDE, the approving agency.

The denominator is the number of graduates from the regular school year as well as any graduates from the preceding summer.

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