| Oct 29, 2013
| 5:59 PM
School days for Baltimore County high school students will be significantly different next year when Superintendent Dallas Dance imposes a uniform, eight-class schedule throughout the district.
The move allows students to squeeze in more lessons. That...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 12:46 PM
Why are state officials preparing to give students the Maryland School Assessment tests this year knowing that the exams can't and won't do what they're supposed to do, which is tell educators which schools are making progress and which are not? There's...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 10:08 AM
Maryland wants to continue annual assessments of students this year at a cost of about $6 million, even though the scores wouldn't be used to gauge school progress — one of the main reasons for giving the tests.
State officials, in plans to be...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 8:21 AM
It's really no surprise that top students at Maryland's highest-performing high schools are passing the Advanced Placement exams at rates far higher than their peers in the state's lower-performing schools. The test results reflect not just how much...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 12:21 PM
Just weeks after the U.S. House Republicans made a purely symbolic move to dismantle No Child Left Behind, the law that forces schools to report standardized test scores, standardized testing season hit our household.
By testing season I don't mean...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 5:00 PM
Maryland saw a dramatic decrease in the number of its elementary schools that received the highest rating for academic progress under a tough new school ranking system, according to results the state released Tuesday.
Only 47 of the state's 892...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 2:03 PM
While those in the education world are gearing up for a whirlwind of public education reforms this school year, the general public either don't know or disapprove of the most significant ones that will impact teachers and students here in Maryland, and...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 6:06 AM
In a year when the state's achievement testing program for public elementary and middle school students saw significant, across-the-board declines, there were a few bright spots in performance at Harford County's individual elementary schools.
| Aug 14, 2013
| 2:32 AM
Overall, Harford County's public middle school students in 2012-13 school year tested fairly close to where they did the previous year in the annual Maryland School Assessment program.
But as was the case with the rest of the state, average...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 9:28 AM
It's not time to panic quite yet over Maryland's plummeting elementary and middle school assessment scores. To be sure, they're not good, showing widespread declines in performance for the first time in years. But the declines are so systemic and sudden...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 12:00 PM
As noted in your story about school testing results, the drop in mathematics scores was not unexpected ("State's test scores decline," July 24).
Soon after the Common Core State Standards were adopted, Maryland applied and was one of the few states to...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 12:31 PM
The release of the Maryland School Assessment results — anticipated early next week — will surely send a ripple of shock to parents across the state. Educators are bracing for dips in math performance. At first glance, the scores will appear...