Md. board of education votes to continue state tests

09/25/2013 | Baltimore Sun, The

Despite calls for a one-year moratorium on state testing, the Maryland state Board of Education on Tuesday said the state will go ahead with Maryland School Assessment tests this year. The board voted 10-1 to seek a federal waiver to avoid the double testing of students and delay for one year the use of testing data to evaluate teachers. Some educators say the MSA tests -- which do not reflect the Common Core State Standards now being taught in the state's schools -- will offer little valuable information about student achievement, though the annual testing is required under federal law.

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