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Thoughts on issues relating to Harford County

June 19, 2005

ISSUE: Maryland has set standards that each school must meet to demonstrate "adequate yearly progress" on state math and reading tests, as required under the federal No Child Left Behind legislation. Tomorrow, schools across the state will find out whether enough of their students passed standardized tests to meet the standards.

Last year, two Harford County middle schools - Edgewood and Aberdeen - did not meet the standards. Many educators say the tests' role to determine progress may be exaggerated and that other factors, such as grade-point average, should be used to judge improvement.

QUESTION: How important are standardized tests in determining a school's progress? What other factors should be considered when determining improvement?

YOUR VIEW: Tell us what you think. Send e-mail responses by Thursday to harford.speakout@baltsun.com. A selection of responses will be published June 26. Please keep your responses short and include your name, address and telephone number. Addresses and phone numbers will not be published.

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