Maryland schools need not need administer statewide assessments this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and the closing of public schools, the United States Department of Education has determined, so Carroll County Public Schools students will not be taking the usual round of standardized tests this spring.
State Superintendent Karen Salmon applied for a waiver from the federal government. Normally these tests would be required under the the Every Student Succeeds Act and preparation and testing would be getting underway at this point int the school year.
“The lack of test administration in Maryland will not affect annual accountability determinations, be used to identify schools for support and improvement, or to provide data on Maryland’s and local report cards for assessment and accountability information for the 2019-20 school year,” according to a news release from CCPS.
Carroll County Public Schools will not administer state assessments for math, language arts, science, social studies or alternative assessments. They will also not administer the climate survey which accompanied state testing for the first time last year.
The 2019-20 school year was planned to be the first year of a new set of tests called the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) that would replace the standardized tests called the PARCC, or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.