In the Sun Newsmaker Forum, Lt. Gov. Anthony brown says MSA tests are outdated and supports postponing testing until a Common Core assessment is developed.

Because some school districts lost two days of school during the last snow storm, Maryland education officials have given local school systems the flexibility to adjust the days they give the Maryland School Assessments.

The state has extended the 12-day window that the reading and math tests can be given by two more days, until March 14. Make-up tests can be given between March 17-18.

Local schools decide the exact four days they will give the tests — two for math and two for reading — within the 12-day window.

Both the MSA science test will begin March 24, as scheduled, and will close on April 11.

This is the last year for MSA testing, which has been given for more than a decade in grades three through eight.