Arundel teacher-training method selected as model for Maryland Program aids preparation for performance tests

February 16, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A group of teachers and administrators from around the state has selected an Anne Arundel County schools' method to train teachers as the model program in Maryland.

The program trains teachers how to create and use classroom assignments similar to the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program (MSPAP) tests.

The state tests are designed to measure not only what students know, but how well they apply the information.

State education officials cited Anne Arundel County in December for continued improvement in scores.

Kenneth G. Lawson, associate superintendent for instruction and student services, said the focused training for teachers will be used in the spring as a model for school systems across the state.

The Maryland Council for Staff Development, which supervises training in school systems, chooses a model program each year.

A key feature of the program was last year's "summer academies," said Patricia Emory, supervisor of staff development. The $100,000 program paid more than 800 teachers to work four days to devise lessons modeled on MSPAP questions. For many teachers, it was a rare opportunity to do classroom planning with teachers from other schools.

"That collaborative planning raised a lot of enthusiasm," Emory said.

Teachers who participated will meet again next month to review the assignments and how well students did on them, she said.

Emory said she would like to run the program for twice as many teachers this summer. She is requesting $200,000 for it in a $628,000 budget plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Pub Date: 2/16/97

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