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Maryland to ditch statewide PARCC exams in favor of homegrown test

Sep 14, 2018 by

Maryland’s standardized tests have not gotten a lot of love. Critics say they take too many hours and are disruptive in schools. More than half of students don’t pass. And results are slow to get to teachers, reducing their usefulness in the classroom.

Now, the tests are being scrapped.

Maryland students will see the last of the state’s PARCC exams — named for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career — during spring 2019. By that fall, PARCC will be replaced by new standardized tests.

Those exams will be called MCAPs — for Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program — and state officials say they will be based on the same high-level standards and rigorous curriculum.

“My hope is that we can have the same rigor and learn the same things about what students know using an assessment that takes less time to administer and is less disruptive to the instructional day,” said Justin Hartings, president of the Maryland State Board of Education.

Source: Maryland to ditch statewide PARCC exams in favor of homegrown test – The Washington Post

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