The Maryland State Department of Education will have four public meetings on the proposed standards for the Maryland School Performance Assessment tests given to all third-, fifth- and eighth-graders in the state.
The tests, which cover reading, mathematics, social studies and science, are graded from 1 -- the highest -- to 5 -- the lowest.
Two committees are recommending the following standards, based on those proficiency levels:
* Satisfactory: For a school to get a satisfactory rating, at least 70 percent of the students tested would have to score at level 3 or better.
* Excellent: For a school to get an excellent rating, 25 percent of its students would have to score at level 2 or better.
The state department has indicated it wants 95 percent of the state's public schools to achieve a satisfactory rating by the year 2000.
The results of the tests given last year showed that only "a handful" of schools have reached that standard.
Anyone wishing to talk about the proposed standards and goals can attend any of the following public meetings:
June 15: Washington County Board of Education Auditorium, 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
June 16: Charles County Board of Education Board Room, 2001 Radio Station Road, LaPlata, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
June 23: Kent County Board of Education Board Room, 215 Washington Ave., Chestertown, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
July 1: Howard County Board of Education Board Room, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.