Should test scores be kept secret?


Some school superintendents have asked the state Board of Education to keep results of a new statewide test secret. The superintendents say releasing the scores during the first year of testing would hurt morale in the school systems. The criterion-reference tests are designed to measure how well the schools teach and will be given for the first time in May. The state school board has decided the scores should be made public, but we'd like to know what you think.

Should the test scores be made public? Do you think testing should be used to measure school performance?

Please share your opinion by calling SUNDIAL. The call is local and must be made from a Touch-Tone phone. The SUNDIAL number is 783-1800 or, in Anne Arundel County, 268-7736. When you reach SUNDIAL, enter category 4600 and wait for instructions from the announcer. Call with your opinion between 10 a.m. and midnight. The results will be published in this section tomorrow.

"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as a scientific public opinion poll would be.

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