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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2010
City and state education officials have uncovered widespread cheating on state tests at a Southwest Baltimore elementary school once held up as an example of against-the-odds achievement and have recently revoked the professional license of the principal, whom they are holding responsible. Investigators reviewed hundreds of Maryland State Assessment booklets at George Washington Elementary and found thousands of erasure marks. In nearly all instances, the answers were changed from wrong to right.
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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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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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