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MSA test is not only mandatory but useful
We read with interest The Baltimore Sun's recent editorial calling for Maryland schools to skip testing every student in grades 3-8 this year because new assessments aligned to the curriculum will not be available until the 2014-2015 school year ("Md. should skip the MSA," Sept. 16). Like the Sun's editorial board, we wish everything in education could be perfect before a change is made, but unlike the Sun editors, we cannot afford to turn our backs on students while waiting for our assessments to catch up to the curriculum. An earlier Sun journalist, H.L. Mencken, might have put it best: "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong."
September 21, 2013