Bill seeks halt to state testing for this year

Maryland State House Dome

Two Maryland legislators are sponsoring a bill to halt giving the state’s  annual tests this year as opposition to the testing grows among teachers,  parents and local superintendents.

A bill introduced in the House by Del. Eric G. Luedtke, a Montgomery  Democrat, would force state education officials to seek a waiver from the  federal law that requires the annual standardized tests, which are given in  March. The sponsors say that the Maryland School Assessments would serve no  purpose this year because students are being taught a new curriculum but tested  on the old one.

“Parents are in an uproar over this all across the state. There is a lot of  support for the bill,” said Sen. Nancy J. King, a Democrat who plans to  introduce a similar bill in the Senate.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/blog/bs-md-msa-bill-20140114,0,5292378.story#ixzz2qRRRlmug

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