Category Archives: Maryland School Assessments

Bill seeks halt to state testing for this year

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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.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/blog/bs-md-msa-bill-20140114,0,5292378.story#ixzz2qRRRlmug

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Common Core generates bill to drop old tests in Md. public schools

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Sen. Nancy King, D-Montgomery, the sponsor of the Senate companion bill she will introduce shortly to scrap the test

Emergency legislation to stop Maryland from administering a federally mandated student assessment test was introduced Thursday in the House of Delegates with strong bipartisan sponsorship.

The Maryland Student Assessment test (MSA) is slated to be phased out after this year, when it will be administered once more this spring. But the test is considered outdated because it doesn’t test for what students are learning in classrooms this year under the state’s new Common Core education curriculum.Luedtke 2

Del. Eric Luedtke

“The MSA tests students on material they aren’t being taught, and takes away valuable teaching time to do it,” said Del. Eric Luedtke, D-Montgomery, the lead sponsor of the House bill. “It’s testing for the sake of testing, and we should not be giving it.”

The bill, which has 10 co-sponsors, including five Republicans, would require the state to request a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education  (DOE) to excuse Maryland from administering the MSA test this year. It costs the state $6 million to give the test.

The Maryland State Education Association (MSEA), a union which represents 71,000 public education employees across the state, asked the state education department to obtain such a waiver, but state officials said DOE offers no such waiver.

Read more:  http://marylandreporter.com/2014/01/09/common-core-generates-bill-to-drop-old-tests-in-md-public schools/#ixzz2q9ATbZw1 Under Creative Commons License: Attribution

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Dr. Lillian Lowery Embattled State Superintendent is currently presiding over deep-seated corruption in Maryland school system. She has demonstrated a culture of discrimination and racism while on the job.

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PGCPS lost 500 student assessment tests

Incompetency continues at Sasscer

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Approximately 500 Prince George’s County first-graders had to retake an assessment test used to identify students for the county’s gifted and talented program after the original exams went missing on their way to be scanned.

Seven schools re-administered the Otis Lennon School Ability Test in December after schools officials realized they could not locate the exams, said Max Pugh, a school system spokesman. Students took the test in October as part of an evaluation to see if they should be placed in the county’s gifted and talented programs….

….One upset parent Mr. Gross stated that,  “It is not fair to the students who took the test back in October to be retested without the parents being given a quality explanation as to why the students have to be retested,” Gross wrote. “I do not consider a vague letter that states that the test was misplaced/damaged in transit sent home in my daughter’s backpack a quality explanation. . . . If my daughter or any other student does not turn in an assignment because it was misplaced/damaged, they will be held accountable by receiving a grade of zero for that assignment. The adults who were tasked with the responsibility of handling the test scores should be held accountable just as the students would be if they misplaced/damaged their homework.”  >>> Read More Washington Post

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