About Statutes

This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

The Code is arranged by and organized into “Articles” (e.g. Transportation Article), which are further subdivided into “titles”, “subtitles”, “sections”, “subsections”, “paragraphs”, subparagraphs”, etc.

Note that the “official” compilation of the laws (Chapters) enacted at each session of the General Assembly is published by the State as the “Laws of Maryland”, commonly referred to as the “Session Laws”. The Session Laws for each session are compiled chronologically by chapter number and serve as the source law from which the statutes accessed here are derived.

While the “Laws of Maryland” (Session Laws) constitute the official laws of the State, this Code and the annotated versions noted below are accepted as “evidence” of the law in all State courts and by all public offices and officials (See § 10-201 of the Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article). However, in the event of a conflict between the Code and the Session Laws, the Session Laws prevail.

Note: Annotated versions of the Code, published by LexisNexis and West, are available in book and online formats. These Annotated Codes include references to case law, related citations, and explanatory notations.

The Municipal Charters are updated each year by incorporating all charter resolutions received by the Department through May 31 of that year. Individual Municipal Resolutions are published to the General Assembly website as they are received by the Department.

Statute Text

Article - Education
(a)   The State Department of Education, Maryland Higher Education Commission, University System of Maryland, Morgan State University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation jointly shall establish the Maryland Longitudinal Data System that shall be fully operational by December 31, 2014.
(b)   The Maryland Longitudinal Data System is a statewide data system that contains individual–level student data and workforce data from all levels of education and the State’s workforce, and allows the Center to:
(1)   Effectively organize, manage, disaggregate, and analyze individual student data; and
(2)   Examine student progress and outcomes over time, including preparation for postsecondary education and the workforce.
(c)   The linkage of student data and workforce data for the purposes of the Maryland Longitudinal Data System shall be limited to no longer than 20 years from the date of latest attendance in any educational institution in the State.
(d)   The purpose of the Maryland Longitudinal Data System is to:
(1)   Generate timely and accurate information about student performance that can be used to improve the State’s education system and guide decision makers at all levels; and
(2)   Facilitate and enable the linkage of student data and workforce data.