Two Maryland legislators are sponsoring a bill to halt giving the state’s annual tests this year as opposition to the testing grows among teachers, parents and local superintendents.
A bill introduced in the House by Del. Eric G. Luedtke, a Montgomery Democrat, would force state education officials to seek a waiver from the federal law that requires the annual standardized tests, which are given in March. The sponsors say that the Maryland School Assessments would serve no purpose this year because students are being taught a new curriculum but tested on the old one.
“Parents are in an uproar over this all across the state. There is a lot of support for the bill,” said Sen. Nancy J. King, a Democrat who plans to introduce a similar bill in the Senate.