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No More MSAs? Bill Looks To Waive Federally-Mandated Test

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Schools across the Old Line State could do away with the Maryland School Assessments.

The bill would can this spring's MSA, required under federal law, but would ask the state to request a waiver. Del. Eric Luedtke (D-Dist.14) is the sponsor of the bill and tells WMDT the test is outdated.

"If we didn't have to give the MSA at all, then we might not have a test at all," said Luedtke. "That's not a big issue, because already we know that the tests we're giving are not useful in judging the quality of our schools, not useful in judging how our teachers are doing, not use for judging how are students are doing."

The No Child Left Behind Act requires yearly testing for grades three through eight. Maryland will use a new Common Core-based assessment next year.

The bill is an emergency bill and currently sits in the House.

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