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Program Completion

High School Completion

The percentage of high school graduates who successfully completed the minimum course requirements needed to enter the University System of Maryland, to complete an approved Career and Technology Education program, or who completed requirements for both.


Percentage of High School Graduates who Meet the Requirements to Enter the University of MD System, Complete a Career and Technology Program, or Both, by Academic Year
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
University of MD 54.5% 57.0% 57.6% 55.7% 60.1% 55.3% 55.3% 58.4% 57.9% 61.2%
Career & Technology 14.4% 13.4% 12.3% 12.7% 10.8% 10.3% 9.3% 9.1% 9.4% 8.1%
Both 10.0% 12.1% 12.5% 13.2% 10.7% 9.6% 9.7% 10.2% 11.6% 11.1%
Total 78.9% 82.5% 82.4% 81.6% 81.6% 75.2% 74.3% 77.7% 78.9% 80.4%

Data Source: Data compiled by the Maryland State Department of Education

Story Behind the Data:

Between 2003 and 2013, the percentage of graduates who completed the requirements for both the University System of Maryland and the Career and Technology Education program increased slightly, from 10.6% to 11.1%.  During that same time, the percentage of students completing the University System of Maryland requirements increased 12.3%, reaching a high of 61.2% in 2013. The Career and Technology Education program also increased from its 2012 rate but remains below its 2003 rate, at 8.1%.

Since that year, Career and Technology Education programs have been updated to reflect the changing requirements for career entry and success.  Working with business and industry partners, as well as with institutions of higher education, MSDE supports 43 State CTE Programs of Study. These programs provide expanded opportunities for students to gain the academic and technical skills for entry into a career pathway.

CTE programs prepare graduates for a broad range of career opportunities based on Maryland’s economy.  For example, the fastest growing CTE programs are in the areas of pre-engineering and biomedical sciences-two key industry sectors with expanding opportunities in Middle-Skills jobs and advanced STEM careers.  MSDE encourages all students to complete both options so they are college and career ready.

In addition, to ensure that Maryland students are prepared for college and competitive in a modern economy, the O’Malley-Brown Administration prioritized increasing the utilization of AP Exams and the number of college students entering STEM fields.  Over 57,000 students took an AP Exam during SY12-13, an increase of 35% in the last five years. During that same time period, the number of students graduating with a college degree in a STEM field increased over 36%.  More data on student readiness and achievement is available from the StateStat website.

Additional Information:

  • Jurisdictional Data (Coming Soon)