Higher Stakes for High School Testing

Maryland high school students will be required to earn certain scores on math and English standardized tests to graduate, if new State Board of Education regulations are finalized.

Under the proposed regulation, students would have to earn a minimum score on the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, exams to graduate. The requirement would begin next year, and the minimum score will increase until 2019-2020 school year.

The Baltimore Sun reports,

If the standard had been in effect last year, more than half of Baltimore County’s students would not have passed the math test and 35 percent would not have passed the English test.

In Baltimore, 70 percent would not have passed the math exam and more than half would not have passed the English exam.

The Maryland State Education Association had not yet taken a position on the draft regulations, but the ACLU stated they opposed the regulation at the time of the Sun‘s article.

The draft regulations will be published and open to a 30-day comment period. For updates, see The Maryland State Board of Education Proposed Regulations.

For more information, see a video update from WMDT and Passing high school tests in Maryland will get increasingly difficult from the Baltimore Sun.

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