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New PARCC tests of Common Core standards saving money

July 28th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

A new Maryland commission to study over-testing of children in public schools has yet to begin work, but new standardized tests based on the Common Core curriculum standards are already saving the state money, and four out of five Maryland students who took the tests did them online


School systems must choose more standardized tests in the fall

June 30th, 2015 | by Glynis Kazanjian

Maryland public school systems will weigh this summer whether to add more standardized testing for 11th grade students in an effort to conform to a new state law that kicks in during the 2015-2016 academic year. They face a choice of whether to add two Common Core-aligned tests to assess college and career readiness, or use scores from one of several already established college entrance exams like the SAT. It’s also possible students who take a college placement exam could be exempt from taking PARCC in school systems who elect to use it


Free meals program will expand to more Maryland schools

May 19th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Through expanding a free meals program, legislators hope to come up with a simple solution for the complex question of enhancing student performance. “Being able to reach your full potential during the course of the day, studying in school, is so dependent upon having school meal,” said bill sponsor, Del. Keith Haynes, D-Baltimore City


Hogan rejects pressure for school aid, but surrenders in the long term

May 14th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Gov. Larry Hogan stood his ground against increased education funding for next year's budget, refusing to add $68 million more legislators had set aside for school aid to the $6.1 billion he had already budgeted for public schools. But ultimately he surrendered to lawmaker's wishes that he fully fund the Geographic Cost of Education Index in future years. He said he would allow a bill forcing him to fund the GCEI to become law without his signature because he could not get the votes to sustain his veto


Commission will study over-testing of Md. school children

May 14th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Maryland lawmakers decided the first step to solving over-testing in Maryland public schools is to understand the full problem, so they passed a bill creating a 19-member commission that will attempt to alleviate the pressure of excessive student testing. The Commission to Review Maryland's Use of Assessments and Testing in Public Schools became law Tuesday, as Gov. Hogan signed HB 452 into law


Loss of expected funding has school systems on edge as they urge Hogan to release money

May 6th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Public schools are set to receive record funding in the projected 2016 state budget, with Gov. Hogan increasing funding by $109 million. However, Maryland school districts and their unions say they will not be able to fill 3,283 jobs they had hoped to have if Hogan chooses not to fully fund the Geographic Cost of Education Index. It was projected to provide $68 million more. School advocates are calling these “positions at risk”


Charter school bill excludes online education

April 30th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

An amended charter school bill will slam the door on Maryland’s chance to follow the 29 other states across America in embarking onto the newly charted plains of cyber-schooling, according to charter school advocates


Free meals would be expanded to many schools by legislation

March 26th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Legislators are moving to dish out free meals to hungry schoolkids, who are too embarrassed by living below the poverty level to eat free lunches in front of peers. The Hunger-Free Schools Act of 2015 would abolish the current enrollment process of singling out low-income students with paper applications


Standardized tests are target of proposed commission, budget debate

March 18th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Legislators hoped to “reclaim the education system” by grappling with several concerns about standardized tests in the state and the way they’ve overtaken the school calendar. With the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing being newly implemented this year, legislators are reacting to complaints from constituents and teachers about excessive testing hours



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