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MD Standardized Testing Brings Concern For Teachers, Parents

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MARYLAND - Standardized testing set for schools across Maryland is causing a stir.

Many teachers are reportedly arguing the Maryland School Assessment, a requirement under the federal No Child Left Behind law, should be dropped this spring since the tests are not based on the updated common core curriculum.

Now,  they are pushing for House Bill 117, proposed by Del. Eric Luedtke of Montgomery County, that orders the state education department to seek a waiver from federal officials on the requirement.

"How are you going to judge a persons performance on testing measures that do not align with the current curriculum," says Kelly Stephenson, president of the Wicomico County Teachers' Association. "How are we going to look how well students did in a curriculum were not even teaching anymore?"

Bill Reinhard, with media relations for the Maryland State Department of Education, says teachers will not be evaluated on the test, and eliminating it could potentially cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds. Reinhard says a new test reflecting common core curriculum should go into effect next year, but it is only ready for a pilot test this year.

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