Howard County schools were above the state average on all PARCC assessments. Going forward, however, Maryland is looking to replace the test with another that aligns to the Common Core standards and is a shorter exam, an official from Howard County School System says.
People in Maryland should celebrate that the state is going to abandon the PARCC standardized test. But it will not improve public education or satisfy critics of standardized testing. The only way to improve public education in Maryland is to replace the Common Core standards.
One survey found that college students could more readily identify Kim Kardashian than Joe Biden. No college may be able to change that, but it is possible to better equip Marylanders for citizenship. As Thomas Jefferson argued, a functioning democracy needs an electorate thinking clearly about public issues. The Every Student Succeeds Act that replaced the No Child Left Behind law gives Maryland the power to reexamine its adherence to the Common Core and the tests that they spawned. The states
Maryland hasn't finished giving the new statewide tests introduced this spring, but already school leaders have decided to scale back the number of tests and the hours students will have to sit for them next year.
Roughly half of Maryland's kindergartners were deemed ready to tackle a more rigorous curriculum that's being rolled out in schools, according to the results of a new state assessment released Tuesday.