This winter's closings and delays in Maryland's schools should give state Department of Education officials time to reflect on the value of statewide testing this year. Last week students in many schools had their first full, five-day week of instruction since December.

Mother Nature is giving us a chance to stop and think about whether Maryland State Assessments results will truly determine school or student improvement. Or will the test results tell us that students with limited access to books and computers in their homes suffered the loss of enough education this year? Common sense tells us this answer.

What cost do we want to write off: Money spent to print test booklets, or lost education for five days of MSA testing?

Leigh Currens

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