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)    (1)   In this section, “assessment” means a locally, State, or federally mandated test that is intended to measure a student’s academic readiness, learning progress, and skill acquisition.
(2)   “Assessment” does not include a teacher–developed quiz or test.
(b)   This section does not apply to an assessment or test given to a student relating to:
(1)   A student’s 504 plan;
(2)   The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1400; or
(3)   Federal law relating to English language learners.
(c)   For each assessment administered in a local school system, each county board shall provide the following information:
(1)   The title of the assessment;
(2)   The purpose of the assessment;
(3)   Whether the assessment is mandated by a local, State, or federal entity;
(4)   The grade level or subject area, as appropriate, to which the test is administered;
(5)   The testing window of the assessment; and
(6)   Whether accommodations are available for students with special needs and what the accommodations are.
(d)   On or before October 15 of each year, the information required under subsection (c) of this section shall be:
(1)   Updated;
(2)   Posted on the Web site of the county board; and
(3)   Included in the annual update of the county board’s master plan required under § 5–401 of this article.