Schools adjust standardized testing schedule

Balto. Co. panel honors Marchione

June 14, 2000|By Lynn Anderson | Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF

The Baltimore County Board of Education approved minor changes in the school system's standardized testing schedule and set the 2001-2002 school year calendar at a meeting last night, the last for Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione, who will retire June 30.

At the meeting, the board presented Marchione, who has worked as a teacher and administrator in Baltimore County for 45 years, with a portrait of the superintendent that will hang at school system headquarters in Towson.

After the presentation, Marchione joked with his successor, former Clayton County, Ga., schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston.

"Joe, you're going to have to look at this every day," he said.

The board also will make a donation to a scholarship fund in Marchione's name to recognize outstanding students in career and technology fields.

Concerning testing, the board voted to change the standardized testing schedule and the types of exams given in an effort to get the clearest picture of pupil achievement and ensure that no pupil lags behind.

Instead of administering three different types of tests, the school system will use two, which should make it easier to track and compare student achievement from year to year, officials said.

Also, pupils will take the initial state functional math and reading tests, which all children must pass to graduate, in the sixth grade instead of the seventh grade. Pupils will take the initial state functional writing test in the seventh grade instead of the eighth grade.

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