ISSUE: Maryland has set standards that each school must meet to demonstrate "adequate yearly progress" on state math and reading tests, as required under the federal No Child Left Behind legislation. Tomorrow, schools across the state will find out whether enough of their students passed standardized tests to meet the standards.
Last year, two Harford County middle schools - Edgewood and Aberdeen - did not meet the standards. Many educators say the tests' role to determine progress may be exaggerated and that other factors, such as grade-point average, should be used to judge improvement.
QUESTION: How important are standardized tests in determining a school's progress? What other factors should be considered when determining improvement?
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