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By Marcy Myers | November 13, 2006
A tragedy is occurring in many of Maryland's special-education classrooms. In compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind law, the state requires that all special-education students take some form of the Maryland State Assessment, which is used to measure student success and is ultimately responsible for determining if a school has made "adequate yearly progress." Schools that do not make such progress are eventually taken over by the state. For students with severe special needs, an alternative test - the Alternate Maryland State Assessment - has been created to satisfy No Child Left Behind requirements.
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By Amanda Hughes | April 23, 2014
While no standardized test can ever truly measure all that a child has learned or can do, the new Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam represents a vast improvement over the Maryland School Assessments (MSA). Both teachers and students are ready for this welcome shift. As a middle school English teacher in Baltimore County, I participated in the PARCC English Language Arts field test this year. Students were adequately prepared for the PARCC assessment.
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