Education official argues against Maryland school assessment cancellation

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Legislation that seeks to cancel most standardized testing in Maryland’s public schools this spring would leave teachers unsure about what to plan for, a top state education official said Wednesday.

Jack Smith, Maryland’s chief academic officer, also said he suspects skipping the tests would cost the state tens of millions of federal dollars — more than it would save in test administration fees.

Smith argued in favor of testing before skeptical lawmakers Wednesday at the House Ways and Means Committee. Several suggested canceling the tests might be best for the students, as it would free classroom time.

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