House panel kills plan for study of MSPAP

March 07, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A House committee killed a proposal yesterday to require an independent statewide study of Maryland's school-testing program.

The legislation would have set up a 15-member commission to study the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program, the exams given each spring to third-, fifth- and eighth-graders in public schools.

Del. Thomas E. Dewberry, a Baltimore County Democrat and House speaker pro tem, said he introduced the bill because of complaints and concerns he has heard from teachers about the tests.

Teachers would have constituted seven of the 15 members of the commission, which would have done a statewide survey of teachers. The panel would have used the results to make recommendations for changes to the General Assembly and governor.

Principals and state education officials defended the testing program as critical for improvement.

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