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"We may adjust the time limits on reaching the goal, but we're not likely to adjust the goal."

-- Nancy S. Grasmick, state superintendent of schools, commenting on overall gains in the annual Maryland School Performance Assessment Program tests and the likelihood that, despite continuing improvement, they would not reach achievement goals set for 2000

"We have high poverty, yet we're doing real well. This is a breakthrough year. Every school has something to brag about."

-- Allegany County Superintendent John O'Connell, whose school system has had the second-highest point gain among Maryland's counties

"In some sense this isn't a totally happy day. Any of us in the upper group can't feel very good as long as Baltimore City is where it is in the scoring. This is a state school system and a state program of improvement, not one for Harford and Howard. We have to share our best practices with these districts that are lagging."

-- Michael E. Hickey, Howard County superintendent, whose jurisdiction retained its top ranking in MSPAP scores

Pub Date: 12/13/98

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