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Education leaders call for moratorium on testing

By staff and wire services reports
July 25th, 2013

A number of education leaders are calling for a moratorium on annual student assessments until Maryland switches to tests that match a new curriculum being implemented in classrooms, The Baltimore Sun reports. The state teachers union and school superintendents association said Wednesday that they would support a halt to the Maryland School Assessment, which is given every year to students in the third through eighth grades. “We should just not give the current MSA. Just stop giving it tomorrow,” said Joshua Starr, Montgomery County’s superintendent. Calls for suspending the tests followed the state’s release of the most recent student test scores, which dropped significantly for the first time in a decade. State officials blamed the poor showing on rapid changes to the curriculum, called the Common Core…

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