There is little doubt that Anne Arundel County school officials are frustrated by the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program, which is designed to test students' cognitive skills in a variety of subjects at three grade levels. School Board President Jo Ann Tollenger made her feelings very clear earlier this month.
"At some point, if they don't fix it, tell them we're not going to take it," Ms. Tollenger said. "We're not going to spend the money, we're not going to spend the classroom hours on a test that is this flawed."
We hope that Ms. Tollenger's remarks overstate her position. Such a threat, if followed through, would undoubtedly harm Anne Arundel County far more than the state education department. After all, what would people say about a county that rejects tests aimed at holding teachers and students to high standards in order to encourage school reform?