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 Board shall establish high school curriculum and graduation requirements for all public schools in accordance with this section.
(b)    (1)   Beginning with the 2015–2016 school year, all students shall be assessed using acceptable college placement cut scores no later than 11th grade to determine whether the student is ready for college–level credit–bearing course work in English Language Arts, Literacy, and Mathematics.
(2)    (i)   Subject to subparagraph (ii) of this paragraph, the Department, in collaboration with local school systems and public community colleges, shall develop and implement, by the 2016–2017 school year, transition courses or other instructional opportunities to be delivered in the 12th grade to students who have not achieved college and career readiness by the end of the 11th grade.
(ii)   The implementation of transition courses or other instructional opportunities required under subparagraph (i) of this paragraph:
1.   Shall include an assessment or reassessment of the student after completion of the course; and
2.   May not preclude or replace enrollment in a course otherwise required for graduation from high school.
(c)    (1)   Beginning with the 9th grade class of 2014, and subject to paragraph (2) of this subsection and subsection (e) of this section, each student shall enroll in a mathematics course in each year of high school that the student attends high school.
(2)   The Department shall adopt regulations that establish the mathematics and math–related courses that fulfill the requirements of this subsection, which may include math–related career and technology program courses.
(d)   It is the goal of the State that all students achieve mathematics competency in Algebra II.
(e)   A student who is enrolled in a credit–bearing mathematics transition course under subsection (b)(2) of this section:
(1)   Subject to item (2) of this subsection, shall be considered to meet the requirements of subsection (c) of this section; and
(2)   May not be considered to meet the requirements of subsection (c) of this section if other credit–bearing courses required for graduation have not been met.