Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) Results

Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP)

Maryland students participate in the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) and are tested in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (grades 3-8 and high school), Science (grades 5,8 and high school), and Government (high school). MCAP also includes the English language proficiency assessment (students learning English grades K-12) and the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA).

In addition to the state MCAP assessments, students take other assessments such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and college readiness test including Advanced Placement (AP) and SAT.


MCAP English Language Arts

The English Language Arts (ELA) is part of the MCAP suite of assessments. Students read passages from real texts (fiction and nonfiction) and sometimes watch video or listen to audio. They respond to prompts in writing, using what they’ve learned from the passages and multi-media to support their arguments. Students are measured in writing at every grade because it is key to showing readiness for the next level of academic work and, in high school, readiness for college and career.

MCAP Mathematics
The MCAP Math is part of the suite of assessments. Students solve multi-step math problems that require reasoning and address real-world situations. This requires students to reason mathematically, make sense of quantities and their relationships to solve real-world problems, and show their understanding.

Special Services: Special Education Program Participants

The number and percentage of special education program participants - students with disabilities who have current Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). The counts are reported as of the student's last dayof enrollment in the school system - either the last day in school or the date the student withdrew. The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of special education students by the June net enrollment.

Reported since November 1990: System and State levels.
Reported since November 1991: School level.

Special Services: LEP Program Participants

The number and percentage of students assessed as eligible for the Limited English Proficient (LEP) Program. LEP is also referred to as English as a Second Language (ESL).

LEP students have a primary or home language other than English and have been assessed as having limited or no ability to understand, speak, read, or write English. The counts are reported as of the student's last day of enrollment in the school system - either the last day in school or the date the student withdrew. The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of LEP students by the June net enrollment.

Reported since November 1990: System and State levels.
Reported since November 1991: School level.

LEP Exempt

Limited English Proficient students, during their first year of enrollment in U.S. schools, have the option of taking or not taking (exempt from) the state reading assessment. LEP students also have the option of taking or not taking (exempt from) the state mathematics assessment with accommodations as appropriate. States can but are not required to include these results in Adequate Yearly Progress. Students would be counted as participants for Adequate Yearly Progress purposes for the 95 percent testing requirement.

Redesignated Limited English Proficient (R-LEP)

These are students that exit the LEP subgroup once they attain English language proficiency. For Adequate Yearly Progress calculations, states have two years to include in the LEP subgroup students who have attained English proficiency.

Code 504 Students

Code 504 students are students who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, have a record of such an impairment, or are regarded as having such an impairment. In grades where state mandated testing occurs, Code 504 students are counted as exempt if their accommodation invalidates portions of the test.

Special Services: Free/Reduced Price Meals

The number and percentage of students whose applications for free/reduced price meals meet the family size and income guidelines (as promulgated annually by the U.S. Department of Agriculture) and students approved through direct certification. The counts are reported as of the student's last day of enrollment in the school system - either the last day in school or the date the student withdrew. The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of students receiving free or reduced price meals by the June net enrollment.

Reported since November 1990: System and State levels.
Reported since November 1991: School level.

Special Services: Title I Program Participants

The number and percentage of students receiving Title I services of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (the Hawkins-Stafford Amendments of 1988). In schools with targeted assistance programs, only students receiving Title I services are counted. In schools with school wide programs, all students enrolled are counted. Students enrolled in any school receiving only State Compensatory Education (SCE) funding are not included in this count. The counts are reported as of the student's last day of enrollment in the school system - either the last day in school or the date the student withdrew. The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of Title I students by the June net enrollment.

Reported since November 1990: System and State levels.
Reported since November 1991: School level.

Migrant Students

Migrant students are students whose parents or guardians are migratory agricultural workers (including dairy and fishing workers) and who, in the preceding 36 months, have moved from one school district to another to accompany their parents or guardians. Maryland does not have a large enough migrant student population to report meaningful assessment results.

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